Including tellers, 99 Conservative MPs voted against the Government’s proposal to delay Brexit to 30th June today.
Despite a three-line whip, only 133 Conservative MPs voted for the motion – a remarkably low number, which underscores the collapse in the authority of the Tory whip. A further 80 Conservative MPs – including Andrea Leadsom, Liam Fox, Geoffrey Cox and Brandon Lewis – did not vote. As ever we must be careful to ascribe not voting to a deliberate political abstention, given that absence can be caused by illness and other reasons, but 80 is very high for a whipped division.
Presumably since Gauke et al were previously allowed to stay in Cabinet after abstaining in the face of a three-line whip, there will not be any disciplinary consequences for the absence of these Cabinet ministers. As this site predicted, the effect has been deleterious on discipline.
Conservative MPs who voted against a further delay to Brexit
Iain Duncan Smith
Anne Marie Morris