Labour divisions over people's vote exposed by Commons rebellion

Labour divisions over people's vote exposed by Commons rebellion
 

Labour ordered its MPs to abstain on a second referendum amendment on Thursday night but its internal divisions were laid bare by 24 MPs who defied the whip to support it.
The amendment, put down by the Independent Group, was roundly defeated by 334 votes to 85, with 17 Labour MPs voting against it. It would not have passed even if all those who abstained voted in favour.
Ruth Smeeth, MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, quit her job as parliamentary private secretary (PPS) to the Labour deputy leader, Tom Watson, to vote against the amendment. Others included those whose concerns were well known,... read more

 
14 March 2019 in Politics, Views: 72
Source: Guardian
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