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free vote

n
(Parliamentary Procedure) chiefly Brit a parliamentary division in which members are not constrained by a party whip
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I asked them if they supposed a nation of people ever existed, who, with a free vote in every man's hand, would elect that a single family and its descendants should reign over it forever, whether gifted or boobies, to the exclusion of all other families -- including the voter's; and would also elect that a certain hundred families should be raised to dizzy summits of rank, and clothed on with offensive trans- missible glories and privileges to the exclusion of the rest of the nation's families -- INCLUDING HIS OWN.
MPs have free votes over the next few days on three controversial proposals: hybrid embryos; the creation of "saviour siblings" whose genetic material could help sick relatives; and giving lesbians equal rights to IVF treatment.
MPs have free votes on three proposals: hybrid embryos; the creation of "saviour siblings" whose genetic material could help sick relatives; and giving lesbians equal rights to IVF treatment.
The Blyth Valley MP said: "I am considering what to do but I think I will take advantage of the free votes to vote against hybrid embryos, saviour siblings and IVF babies not needing a father.
Both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats had free votes on all stages of the Bill.
Tories and Liberal Democrats have free votes as a "matter of conscience", but Labour MPs will only be allowed free votes on hybrid embryos, creation of "saviour siblings" and preventing fertility clinics from refusing treatment to single women or lesbians.
Allow the creation of children with the matching tissue needed to save a sick brother or sister; Dan Boucher, spokesman for Christian campaigning group Care, had lobbied against themost controversial aspects of the Bill and described the free votes as "good news for democracy".
Now, under the PM's plan, there will be these three free votes in the House of Commons on:
"Since the Government have previously allowed free votes on issues such as fox hunting and the docking of dogs' tails, I amamazed anyone would suggest otherwise."
"I find it hypocritical to make an exception for free votes when we are voting on English legislation the rest of the time."
Setting out a compromise solution, Mr Brown said there would be free votes on three clauses, including the most hotly-disputed - allowing scientists to create "admix" embryos with human DNA and animal cells.
Now, under Prime Minister Brown's plan, there will be these three free votes in the House of Commons on: