|At the start of the 2012 Reading Pride march|
Update: The vote was carried with 400 in favour and 175 against. Here in Reading Rob Wilson MP abstained (read his statement) and Alok Sharma MP voted in favour.
I watched much of the debate and was particularly moved by Mike Freer MP's speech. He has had a partnership for the last 21 years and 6 years ago entered into his civil partnership.
"But sometimes leadership is doing what is right not what is popular and I congratulate the Prime Minster on leading on this."
Margot James MP and Nick Herbert MP also spoke particularly well and I agreed with what I heard of David Lammy MP's speech too.
It was right that MPs were given a free vote and across the board each MP chose to support, abstain or vote against.