FOX Liam new

Here’s the list:

  • Adam Afriyie
  • Richard Bacon
  • John Baron
  • Bill Cash
  • Philip Davies
  • Nadine Dorries
  • Richard Drax
  • Liam Fox
  • Cheryl Gillan
  • Zac Goldsmith
  • Philip Hollobone
  • Gerald Howarth
  • Stewart Jackson
  • Bernard Jenkin
  • David Jones
  • Edward Leigh
  • Tim Loughton
  • Stephen McPartland
  • Anne Main
  • David Nuttall
  • Owen Paterson
  • John Redwood
  • Andrew Rosindell
  • Bob Stewart
  • Andrew Turner

Tellers: Steve Baker & Christopher Chope.  That’s 27 Conservative MPs in all.

  • Liam Fox votes against his front bench on a whipped vote for the first time in 23 years.
  • Former Welsh Secretaries Cheryl Gillan and David Jones join the rebels.
  • Otherwise, it’s very much a list of “the usual suspects” – who failed, in this early trial of strength, to induce any of their newly-elected colleagues to join them.

All in all, not a bad start for Mark Harper, the new Chief Whip, and his team.

The real story? If Labour had been present in strength and voted against the Government, it would probably have lost.  But they didn’t – thus appearing to be part of a pro-EU axis between the front benches.

First blood to In.

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