Local Conservative MPs Sir Peter Tapsell and Mark Simmonds split over gay marriage vote

Boston & Skegness MP Mark Simmonds (pictured) voted in favour of the bill, but fellow local MP Sir Peter Tapsell voted against it.
Boston & Skegness MP Mark Simmonds (pictured) voted in favour of the bill, but fellow local MP Sir Peter Tapsell voted against it.
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The two local MPs found themselves on opposite sides of the gay marriage debate last night (Tuesday).

Horncastle & Louth MP Sir Peter Tapsell was one of 136 Conservative MPs who voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in Parliament.

But Boston & Skegness MP Mark Simmonds was one of the Conservative members who voted in favour of the bill.

Elsewhere in the county, Sir Peter was joined in his opposition by nearby MPs Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes and Immingham), Edward Leigh (Gainsborough), Karl McCartney (Lincoln), John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings) in voting against what became a controversial and well publicised vote.

Overall the House of Commons voted 400 to 175 in favour of the bill, which would allow couples of the same sex to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, but in the case of religious ceremonies only with the consent of that particular religious institution.

MPs were not bound by their party whips and were able to vote ‘with their consciences’ on the matter.

Tuesday’s vote was the second reading of the bill, meaning MPs have passed it in principle before it later returns for final scrutiny.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the vote was ‘an important step forward’ that would make for a stronger society.