How many Labour MPs oppose gay marriage?
Eight Labour MPs are on record as opposing equal marriage, which Ed Miliband will offer a free vote on.
I reported earlier that Ed Miliband will offer Labour MPs a free vote on allowing gay marriages in religious buildings. But how many in his party oppose the policy? I've compiled a list below of those Labour MPs on record as opposing equal marriage. There are far fewer than in the Conservative Party (as many as 130 Tory MPs are expected to vote against the measure) but more than some might expect.
For a comprehensive guide to where all MPs stand on the issue, I recommend the Coalition For Equal Marriage site.
Joe Benton MP for Bootle - Has signed the Coalition For Marriage petition.
Jim Dobbin MP for Heywood and Middleton - Told the Rochdale Observer: "The idea to redefine marriage at the present time is unacceptable to me. I do not think the government have thought it through because it will mean massive changes across the board to things such as people’s pensions and how they live. As a practising Christian my views are in kind with my beliefs. It is a simple straightforward view."
Brian Donohoe MP for Central Ayrshire - Told the Irvine Times: "I am, of course, against any form of discrimination. However, I also believe that marriage is a term used to describe the joining of a man and a woman only."
Mary Glindon MP for North Tyneside - Has signed the Coalition For Marriage petition
Roger Godsiff MP for Birmingham Hall Green - Has said he will oppose any law "redefining the current definition of marriage".
Austin Mitchell MP for Great Grimsby - Tweeted that "Gay marriage is neither urgent nor important.It's also a moral issue therefore a free vote on which basis it won't pass".
Paul Murphy MP for Torfaen - Confirmed lack of support via email to constituent.
Stephen Pound MP for Ealing North - Confirmed lack of support via email to constituent.