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free vote

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfree voteˌfree ˈvote noun [countable] British English 🔊 🔊 a situation in which members of the British parliament can choose how to vote rather than following the choice of their political party
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free voteMembers are traditionally allowed a free vote and can not be instructed by their party to follow a line.The issues of Maastricht - single currency, sovereignty and legal structure - deserve thorough scrutiny and a free vote.It called for a free vote on marijuana, and also for possible referendums on abortion and the restoration of capital punishment.On a free vote the amendment was carried by 292 votes to 246, a majority of forty six.Who is really winning will not be known before the free vote on the embryo Bill in the new year.
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