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How to cast a proxy vote on behalf of another Member in a pass reader division

These steps are for you as an MP rather than your staff.

Steps

  1. Before a vote is called, you must agree with the Member for whom you are a registered proxy how you will cast their vote. You must follow their instructions exactly.
  2. If you are voting the same way as the Member/s whose proxy you hold, join the queue as normal. When you reach the pass reader in the relevant lobby, tap your pass to record your own name.
  3. When you walk past the Tellers, let them know that you are also voting on behalf of the other Member/s whose proxy you hold. You should say “voting for myself and as proxy for {Member’s name}” or “voting as proxy for {Member’s name} only” as appropriate to avoid double counting.
  4. Immediately email the Public Bill Office (PBOHOC@parliament.uk) to say that you have voted on behalf of the Member/s for whom you are the nominated proxy. You must state clearly:
    • Which Members you have voted on behalf of; and
    • Which division you are referring to. This is especially important where there are successive divisions.
  5. The Public Bill Office will ensure that the names of the Members you have voted on behalf of are recorded on the division list.

If you are voting the other way from the Member/s for whom you are the nominated proxy

You need to walk through both lobbies. If you are concerned that you will not have time to do this, speak to a Doorkeeper in Members’ Lobby who will allow you to join the front of the queue.

Vote for yourself as usual, before going back through the Chamber to vote on behalf of the Member/s for whom you are the nominated proxy.

When voting on behalf of the Member/s for whom you are the nominated proxy in the other lobby, do not tap your own pass on the pass reader. When you walk past the Tellers, you must be clear that you are only casting one or more proxy votes, not your own vote plus the proxy votes.

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Clerk of Divisions, Public Bill Office Email: PBOHoC@parliament.uk Extension: 4921

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