By longstanding convention the Speaker casts his vote for the status quo. But would he?
Posts Tagged: Sir Nicholas Soames MP
Halfon and Stevenson join the Europhile ultras in a very near miss for the Government.
Cooper/Letwin is back, supported by Labour and Tory Europhiles as well as the Liberal Democrats, the Independent Group, and Scottish and Welsh nationalists.
Several Ministers helped to see off the Government’s best hope of avoiding a full-on crisis in the Party – and perhaps of saving Brexit too.
The Prime Minister assured Labour MPs that she will stand up for workers’ rights.
The proposal was defeated by 321 to 301 votes.
Freeman joins the rebellion. But the amendment fell by 321 to 298.
WATCH: Soames – “I very strongly sense that the country… is desperate for us to come to an agreement”
“It is incumbent on us, and it is our duty, to recover our sense of proportion and restore some dignity, reason, and calm to this debate.”
The Government is suggesting that it will make little difference in practical terms – but opposed it for symbolic and political reasons.
We also reproduce the full text of the letter itself.
Some favour a Second Referendum; others, EEA membership. But they have combined to deal the Prime Minister a second bloody blow in a single day.
Yesterday in the Commons. More opponents than supporters of the Prime Minister’s deal on the Conservative backbenchers.
That said, there was more backing for her from her party than some of today’s headlines suggest.
WATCH: Tugendhat’s message to Trump – “In Iraq and Afghanistan, when it was -15 or 50 degrees, we soldiered on”
The US President opted not to attend a commemoration for the fallen due to inclement weather.
The Government is in crisis. MPs need to ponder deeply should be done for the best. That means not quitting Westminster this week.
Local decision-making must be respected if communities are to be confident in embracing development. We need these principles in urban areas too.