The above is a screen grab of the Commons, taken during the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill on Tuesday at 4.30pm. I count 7 on the labour benches and 12 on the opposition benches. The Bill ends by-elections for hereditary peers. Of course it's not everyone's cup of tea listening to debates about the Lords, but it's part of the job of any MP.
Just by chance I happen to turn back to the channel in time for the voting. The vote was on Clause 29 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill at committee stage.
The result of the vote was AYES 318 NOs 142 which results in 460 MPs voting.
Nearly two thirds of members voted (one woman in a pink jacket must have voted at least 8 times), but only around 20 attended the debate.
Is it any wonder our country is in such a mess when MPs rubber stamp legislation without having the slightest knowledge of the subject?
This isn't democracy, it's legislation by rote. Isn't it time the procedures at Westminster were revised to stop MPs making multiple votes on behalf of colleagues? Even better, if an MP has not been present at any part of a debate then they should be banned from voting on it. Aye, a wee bit of banning may just sharpen their enthusiasm for their job, which to represent the people who elected them and not party whips.
By the way the standard of debating was excellent and a treat to observe.