On 11th October 2016 a vote took place on an Opposition amendment to the Government’s Investigatory Powers Bill, in which three bishops took part. The amendment sought to provide cost protection in court cases for claimants against third parties, including newspapers, in situations of phone or email hacking. Baroness Hollins, who moved the amendment, explained its purpose here.
Baroness Hollins moved amendment 15, in clause 8, page 7, line 10, to leave out “D” and insert ”C”. The House divided:
Contents: 282 | Not Contents: 180 | Result: Government Defeat
The Bishops of Norwich, Peterborough and St Albans all voted Content.