True Scale of Labour Welfare Rebellion was Closer to 50

In reality, the rebellion from Labour over the welfare the cap was was much higher than just the 13 MPs who defied Ed’s whip. Taking out the Deputy Speakers, a further 37 Labour MPs abstained in the vote yesterday. Taking the total number of Labour MPs not backing the welfare cap to 50.

The list is peppered with hard lefties, yet notable abstentions include Tristram Hunt and Liam Byrne, who has talked the tough welfare game in the past:

  1. Abrahams, Debbie
  2. Anderson, Dave
  3. Barron, Kevin
  4. Bayley, Hugh
  5. Byrne, Liam
  6. Cryer, John
  7. Cunningham, Tony
  8. Donohoe, Brian
  9. Glass, Pat
  10. Godsiff, Roger
  11. Greenwood, Lilian
  12. Hamilton, Fabian
  13. Heyes, David
  14. Hunt, Tristram
  15. Kaufman, Gerald
  16. Lavery, Ian
  17. Mahmood, Khalid
  18. Mccann, Michael
  19. Mcgovern, Alison
  20. Mcgovern, Jim
  21. Meacher, Michael
  22. Meale, Alan
  23. Mearns, Ian
  24. Mitchell, Austin
  25. Morris, Grahame
  26. O’Donnell, Fiona
  27. Owen, Albert
  28. Pearce, Teresa
  29. Phillipson, Bridget
  30. Seabeck, Alison
  31. Sheridan, Jim
  32. Spellar, John
  33. Thomas, Gareth R
  34. Vaz, Keith
  35. Williamson, Chris
  36. Winnick, David

The member of for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath was also absent.



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