Tory revolt grows as Caroline Spelman votes against government at second reading of Brexit delay bill

PUBLISHED: 17:55 04 September 2019 | UPDATED: 22:04 04 September 2019

Caroline Spelman. Photograph: PA.

Caroline Spelman. Photograph: PA.

PA Archive/PA Images

Another politician risks losing their status as a Tory MP after voting at the second reading of the Brexit delay bill.

Become a Supporter

The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism

Tory MP Caroline Spelman did not vote against the government last night, but joined the rebels this evening.

It meant that the revolt against Boris Johnson had grown even bigger despite Boris Johnson sacking 21 MPs from his party following the original vote to take control of the order paper.

You may also want to watch:

She was joined in the lobby by former Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins, who abstained on the vote the night before.

MPs passed the Brexit delay bill by 329 votes to 300 at its second reading - setting it up to be ready to pass its final series of votes later tonight before it heads to the House of Lords.

While the Commons vote was treated as an effective confidence motion, the proceedings on the timetable for the Bill if it reaches the Lords will not - although Tories will be "expected to support the government" in opposing it.

A Downing Street source said: "The government will strongly oppose the Opposition's business of the House motion in the Lords.

"Conservative peers are whipped to do the same and are expected to support the Government front bench."

Become a Supporter

The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.

Become a supporter

You've seen the news, now discover the story

The New European is committed to providing in-depth analysis of the Brexit process, its implications and progress as well as celebrating European life.

Try 13 weeks for £13

Latest Articles

Most Read

latest issue

ANTI-BREXIT EVENTS

Find your nearest anti-Brexit campaigning activities, talks, protests and events nationwide.

Newsletter Sign Up

The New European weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy