All of the Tory MPs who voted against a pay rise for nurses in 2017
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After Boris Johnson praised NHS medics for helping to 'save his life' during the coronavirus, a list of MPs that voted against a pay rise for nurses in 2017 circulated, with the prime minister one of those to vote against.
Some Conservative MPs cheered as the governing party defeated a Labour amendment to the Queen's Speech in June 2017 which called for a public sector pay cap of 1% to be lifted for nurses in the NHS.
The calls came after a public sector pay was frozen for two years in 2010, and then rises were capped for the years that followed, despite politicians continuing to see their salaries rise throughout a decade of austerity.
323 MPs voted down the proposals - consisting of 313 Tory MPs and ten DUP politicians - while 309 MPs voted in support of the proposals from Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the Greens and independents.
Clips of the response have circulated again online after NHS campaigners pointed out that Johnson was one of the MPs to vote against the pay rise for nurses, as well as now prominent health ministers.
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While MPs voted against the proposals, and it would not have had a direct effect, the government did later announce in the Autumn budget that it would hand a pay rise for most NHS staff equivalent to at least 6.5% in cash terms over three years..
But the list of MPs voting against a pay rise for nurses is being tweeted by many again, with further calls for the Tories to go further to reward them after the coronavirus pandemic.
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'Maybe 'all MPs who voted AGAINST giving nurses a pay rise in 2017' that are still MPs and/or in government could vote FOR giving nurses a pay rise in 2020 when parliament returns next week,' said campaigner Gina Miller.
Sir Paul Beresford
Iain Duncan Smith
Sir Roger Gale
Dr Caroline Johnson
Sir Greg Knight
Anne Marie Morris
Sir Nicholas Soames
Emma Little Pengelly
The tellers for the 'no' lobby were Tory MPs Andrew Griffiths and Heather Wheeler.
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