By Paul Goodman
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Here is the Defence Secretary's statement, and below are questions from Conservative MPs with his answers. It's worth noting that Fox went out of his way to disagree with former serviceman Kris Hopkins - who features in Gazette this morning - that the incident was a dark day for the army as a whole, rather than for the individuals responsible. Ministers usually strive to avoid disagreeing with colleagues on the floor of the Commons, and Fox is an extremely skilful performer in the Chamber. That he felt he had to make the distinction reflects its importance to him (and I think he was right).
Friday, September 09, 2011 in Bob Stewart MP, Children, Schools and Families, Christopher Pincher MP, Dan Byles MP, David Morris MP, Julian Lewis, Kris Hopkins MP, Liam Fox MP, Oliver Colvile MP, Rehman Chisti MP | Permalink | Comments (1)
By Jonathan Isaby
Both divisions tonight - on increasing the upper tuition fees limit to £9,000 and on raising the cap on basic tuition fees to £6,000 - saw identical results: 323 votes in favour and 302 votes against.
Factoring in two tellers from each side, you had 325 MPs backing the Government line and 304 opposing it, meaning that 629 out of a possible 640 MPs participated in the divisions (the remaining ten are accounted for by the 5 Sinn Fein MPs, the Speaker, 3 Deputy Speakers and the vacancy in Oldham East and Saddleworth).
So who voted which way?
297 of the 305 Conservative MPs, comprising:
28 of the 57 Lib Dem MPs, comprising:
ABSENT FROM THE VOTE (DELIBERATELY ABSTAINING OR OTHERWISE)
Of the six Tory rebels, most have quite a lot of "form" when it comes to walking through the lobbies against the Government line:
Of the two Tory abstainers, as a PPS until yesterday, Lee Scott, has no history of rebellion; meanwhile, Tracey Crouch, who also abstained, has still never actively voted in a division lobby against the government line.
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