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Parliament has been debating the HS2 Paving Bill and passed it by 350-36. 225 Conservative MPs voted for it – up from 199 for the Second Reading.

The following 18 Conservative MPs voted against:

BAKER, Steve, Mr
BARON, John, Mr
BRIDGEN, Andrew, Mr
BYLES, Dan
CASH, William
CHOPE, Christopher, Mr
DAVIES, Philip, Mr
DAVIS, David, Rt Hon
GILLAN, Cheryl, Rt Hon
HOLLOBONE, Philip, Mr
KELLY, Chris, Mr
LEFROY, Jeremy, Mr
LEWIS, Julian, Mr
NUTTALL, David, Mr
PAWSEY, Mark, Mr
WHITE, Chris, Mr
WIGGIN, Bill, Mr
Teller: Noes
MAIN, Anne, Ms

Labour’s official position was to support the legislation. The following 11 Labour MPs voted against:

CORBYN, Jeremy, Mr
CUNNINGHAM, Jim, Mr
DOBSON, Frank, Rt Hon
ENGEL, Natascha, Ms
FITZPATRICK, Jim, Mr
GODSIFF, Roger, Mr
HOEY, Kate, Ms
MCDONNELL, John, Mr
ROBINSON, Geoffrey, Mr
SHEERMAN, Barry, Mr
SKINNER, Dennis, Mr
Teller:No
HOPKINS, Kelvin, Mr

However only 74 Labour MPs bothered to actually turn up and vote for it. Among those who bunked off was the Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls. Of course he may have had something more important to do than voting in the House of Commons. But it might alternatively be a further clue that he is less supportive of the project than his Party’s official position would indicate.

At some stage the Labour Party are going to have to decide if they support this scheme or not. Their voting record today amounts to a “don’t know.”

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