Published:

  • Aaron Bell
  • Jackie Doyle-Price
  • Richard Fuller
  • Kate Griffiths [pictured]
  • Mark Harper

 

  • Simon Hoare
  • Kevin Hollinrake
  • Nigel Mills
  • Jill Mortimer
  • Holly Mumby-Croft

 

  • Matthew Offord
  • John Stevenson
  • William Wragg

The Government’s current working majority is 79.  It won the vote on Andrea Leadsom’s amendment, which it whipped for, by 18 votes.

The abstention figure will as ever be very hard to calculate, but that 18 Conservatives actually voted against the whip is significant.

Their votes are best read not as support for the Standard’s Committee’s proposed suspension of Owen Paterson, or even for its verdict, but as opposition to the core of the amendment – which in effect proposed reviewing the entire standards system before reaching a decision on the Paterson case.

As Aaron Bell, one of the 13 above, put it during the debate, this was (in his view) to “move the goalposts” while the game is still being played.

Six Conservative MPs then voted against the main motion as amended. These were –

  • Peter Bottomley
  • Jackie Doyle-Price
  • Mark Harper
  • Nigel Mills
  • Matthew Offord

 

  • William Wragg