1PM UPDATE: BROWN BACKS DOWN ON EXPENSES VOTE
As The Guardian reports this morning, Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs are set to join forces to vote against Harriet Harman's attempts to exempt MPs from provisions of the Freedom of Information Act - all in a bid to keep some details of their taxpayer-funded expenses secret.
The original Conservative plan had been for only the Tory frontbench to be whipped on this issue but following an agreement between Alan Duncan, the new Shadow Leader of the House, and David Cameron yesterday, all Conservatives MPs will be expected to vote against "one rule for the taxpayer and a different rule for MPs" - as Mr Duncan puts it. Neither this morning's Times nor Telegraph have caught up with this tightening of the Tory position.
Kate Hoey, David Winnick and Frank Field may lead a rebellion against the Labour whip.
Our congratulations to Alan Duncan on this first judgment call in his new post.
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