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  • Chope, Christopher.
  • Davies, Philip.
  • Hudson, Neil [pictured]
  • McVey, Esther.
  • Redwood, John.

That looks like a very small rebellion indeed, and a crushing triumph for Boris Johnson.

However, the Government won the vote by 319 to 248.  Tom Newton-Dunn tweeted earlier that a maximum of 46 Conservative MPs therefore didn’t vote with the Government.

Which means that 39 Tory backbenchers abstained.

We don’t tend to list abstentions, because it’s impossible to differentiate quickly between those who deliberately abstain and those who are simply absent: ill, abroad, in their constituency, dealing with a family crisis, whatever.

All the same, that’s a lot of abstentions – enough were they votes against to overturn the Government’s 83 majority.

The vote must thus be read as a warning shot across the Prime Minister’s bows about tax rises or, as we put it here, that the cat of Tory tax rises has fewer than nine lives to lose.