On 21st January 2014, four bishops took part in a vote on the Government’s Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill, during its Third Reading.
Crossbench Peer Lord Harries of Pentregarth moved amendment 11, which related to ‘third party constituency expenditure’.
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishops of Derby, Norwich and Ripon and Leeds voted ‘content’. No bishop voted ‘not content’.
There were Contents: 248 / Not Contents: 222. Result: Government Defeat
[n.b. This amendment was subsequently disagreed by the House of Commons. Lord Harries moved the amendment again during ‘ping pong’, when it was disagreed by the House of Lords, following a 248-248 vote.]