There were 44 Tory abstentions – which is in the same territory as last week’s vote on the same issue.
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Most of the action has been over Covid-related divisions. And most of the dissenters are from older intakes.
The Government won the division during yesterday’s consideration of the Trade Bill by 18 votes.
The tellers for the Noes were Christopher Chope and Chris Green. The last major Tory rebellion against Government Covid policy was 53 strong.
That’s the biggest Tory revolt so far on a virus-related division, and enough potentially to defeat the Government in future.
These are early shots in the developing Tory backbench campaign against the restrictions, which are set to gain volume and velocity.
From calling the measures “dystopian”, to criticising Whitty and Vallance’s latest graph, there were some scathing speeches.
They included seven former Cabinet Ministers, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and the Chairman of the 1922 Executive Committee.
This isn’t even that event of journalistic legend – small earthquake, not many dead. It is a tremor that barely registers on the seismograph.
And he says that she must commit to taking the UK out of the EU by April 14 – or else quit.
Mostly ERG-aligned Leavers – but roughly ten former Remainers, a core of whom now back a second referendum.
We understand that 88 other Tory backbenchers didn’t vote on it, including Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab and Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Managing the controversial White Paper through into action is a formidable task for the woman who is mulling a future crack at the leadership.
There were 26 critical questions from Conservative backbenchers on the Government’s EU referendum leaflet yesterday and 5 supportive ones.
While the reshuffle dominated talk in the village, the Data Retention and Investigatory Bill was hurtling through the Commons.