As I speculated on the live blog yesterday, more than a few Labour MPs found themselves wondering whether they should follow Jeremy Corbyn’s instruction to vote for a General Election.
With the Fixed Term Parliaments Act requiring a super-majority of the whole House, even a decision not to vote would count against the Government – and given Labour’s woeful position in the polls, it was hard to see every turkey obediently voting for Christmas.
Lo and behold, while nine Labour MPs voted against today, another 46 didn’t vote at all.
Of course, we can never be absolutely certain for a particular MP’s reason for absence from a particular vote – illness, family or constituency commitments and so on all come into play. But it seems a notable trend that of those 25 Labour MPs with the smallest majority, no fewer than 14 either voted against holding a General Election (one) or didn’t vote (13).
With majorities ranging from 93 to 2,509, it’s easy to see why they might not relish letting the people decide their fate with Corbyn at the helm of their campaign.