March 27th, 2014

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.


  1. 1
    Labour really is a useless shower of shite says:

    As above

  2. 2
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Peedos, Green Nazis & other Wasters says:

    What a shower of shit, these are the bastards who will steal your pension and savings if they get into power.

  3. 3
    Jim jams says:

    Every one a nutjob.

  4. 4
  5. 5
    Ah! ged it?? says:

    Clifford makes case for his defence – by revealing penis size
    PR guru testifies for the first time in sex assault trial.

    Testifies !!

  6. 6
    parisclaims says:

    No 12’s parents seemed to know exactly what they were inflicting upon the rest of us when he was spawned.

  7. 7
    Jeffrey Bernard says:

    Where’s Gordon?

  8. 8
    One out, some out says:

    Diane Abbott not seeming to want to go to the wall for her constituents.

  9. 9
    Blowing Whistles says:

    This site should be renamed the Blowing Whistles blog.

    After me.

  10. 10
    parisclaims says:

    more on Fabian Hamilton.
    During the parliamentary expenses scandal, The Daily Telegraph reported that Hamilton had incorrectly claimed £3000 on expenses for mortgage payments.[8] In addition to the interest on the mortgage, which can be claimed as an expense, Hamiltion claimed for interest on an equity release scheme on the house, which cannot. Hamilton responded in a statement that this was “a genuine mistake” and that the money was paid back when the error was discovered by the House of Commons Fees Office.[9] The Telegraph also accused Hamilton of “flipping” his second home designation to decorate and furnish both his constituency home in Leeds and London flat.[8] In a statement Hamilton defended his actions and accused The Daily Telegraph of “deliberately misrepresenting” him.[9]

  11. 11
    Labour=Waste says:

    The mask is slipping, Labour’s full of drunken sailors desperate to blow our money on uncontrolled welfare spending.

  12. 12
    Mitch says:

    Valerie Vaz voted for the cap but her husband didn’t.

  13. 13
    Socialism is theft says:

    Or Denis Skinner.

  14. 14
    parisclaims says:

    I expect KFC were doing a bogof on bargain buckets when the vote was held.

  15. 15
    Let's leave the EU says:

    In other words, he’s a crook.

  16. 16
    Socialism is theft says:

    No hang on they both voted against.

  17. 17
    Anonymous says:

    “In reality, the rebellion”
    is at hand? If leaders are as detached from the real world as Barack appears to be. Uprising in Ukraine good. Uprising in Utah bad. Doh! Maybe it’s the early onset of Alzheimer’s, or the consequence of letting Disney write his speech scripts that results in gems like the following: The US is the acme of moral high-grounds. Must rush, as those Gitmo prisoners aren’t going to torture themselves.

  18. 18
    Khalid "Bad Mood" Mahmood watch says:

    Khalid “Bad Mood” Mahmood is there too

    Each one of these has given the Tories a golden gift for 2015 and I can hear the printing presses hum from here as “your Labour MP refused to back controls on welfare spending” is plastered on leaflets.

    No wonder Brown didn’t vote, he was probably charging gullible American “Hedge Fund” traders $50,000 for an after dinner speech.

  19. 19
    Paniagua V5.1 says:

    Putting party politics aside for a minute.

    Is it right to live tweet from a funeral?

    I think she should apologise.

  20. 20
    Paniagua V5.1 says:

    And …

  21. 21
    Concerned Voter says:

    Ed Miliband’s Labour MPs are refusing to tame out of control welfare spending.

  22. 22
    Gordon Brown says:

    I was having a poo in a hotel in Dubai. It was the right thing to do.

  23. 23
    mickey mouse says:

    worry not – there hasn’t been a proposal to cap farmers’ welfare fraud

  24. 24
    Mitch says:

    Put your phone away and remember where you are.

  25. 25
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Ed Balls

  26. 26
    I dislike socialists intensely says:

    I think that the Labour party is falling apart . Miliband is indecisive and weak.

  27. 27
    Gordon Brown says:

    I was doing disco

    It was the right thing to do

  28. 28
    Swivel-Eyed Numpty says:

    Yes, I believe everything I read in the Daily Telegraph.

  29. 29
    I dislike socialists intensely says:

    Tony Benn has no right to be lying in state , His contribution to the country was zero.
    He was famous for being wrong on every single issue and was a typical champagne
    socialist .

  30. 30
    How bizarre says:

    So the unelected leader of Europe met the unelected “leader” of Ukraine to voice their displeasure about the democratic referendum in the Crimea / Eastern half of Ukraine.

    And Russia managed to plan, organise and bring about a referendum in two weeks yet we have to wait three years for a referendum on the EU.

    You just can’t make this shit up!

  31. 31
    jgm2 says:

    After the Lady Di funeral where I learned for the first time that it is appropriate to cheer and clap at a funeral I guess anything goes.

    I’m having balloons on the coffin and pole-dancers at my funeral.

  32. 32
    Labour really is a useless shower of shite says:

    I’d like to read a tweet from her funeral

  33. 33
    Blowing LOUDER Whistles says:

    And all its embedded videos should be replaced by wacky cartoons of the infant Blowing Whistles being chucked off the climbing frame by imaginary toddlers of non-Gentile origin.

  34. 34
    Isaac Hunt says:

    Nice pair of tits.

  35. 35
    On A Point Of Information says:

    Keith Vaz is her brother, not her husband.

  36. 36
    Lembit Opik says:

    Can I come?

  37. 37
    Godfrey Bloom's Smarter Brother says:

    I expect to be murdered by pole-dancers. No doubt they’ll attend the funeral, like the hypocritical bitches they are.

  38. 38
    jgm2 says:

    It’s just the bedwetters trying to generate some Maggie-like recognition for one of their ‘greats’. Unfortunately for them nobody gives a shit.

    One of the best bits about Fatch’s funeral was seeing Brown and Blair there. In their fucked up heads they’re thinking, one day, this will be me, a state funeral, millions lining the route. In reality they’ll be like Tony Benn. No fucker will care. Nobody will bother to line the route.

    Both of them national embarrassments in life and death.

    Fucking arseholes.

  39. 39
    Scum together says:

    Is his good pal Gerry Adams there?
    Maybe he’ll carry the coffin shoulder high too.

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    Judging by the amount of flack, it looks to me like the real BW is upsetting a few in the establishment.

  41. 41
    jgm2 says:

    That girls got a nice rack too.

  42. 42
    Lloyd George Expelled My Father From UKIP says:

    I’d like to read, well, anything really. But unfortunately I can’t, due to having been “educated” in one of those wonderful sink comprehensives created by Education Secretary Margaret Thatcher. She’s my hero! Time for my Ritalin-Buckfast cocktail!

  43. 43
    Jim Devine's shelves says:

    No respect.

  44. 44
    Blowing Whistles's Sycophantic Admirer says:

    Har har har har har!

  45. 45
    (Optional) says:

    I think she should continue – it is absolutely scintilating to have a moment by moment update as to who is attending. Crucial I would say. I am glad Diane has the stength of charachter, courage and downright Good Manners to provide such a necessary public service, I mean what are MPs for if not to tweet……

  46. 46
    Stuart Fanning says:

    Did Denis Skinner vote for it? Surely not!!!!!

  47. 47
    Ever So Mildly Sceptical says:

    Yes, like dysentery. Which just goes to show that dysentery is right about everything.

  48. 48
    M102 says:

    Be fair. Benn did help to keep labour out of power for quite a while :)

  49. 49
    KFC says:

    But she’s our best customer!

  50. 50
    Simon B says:

    You forgot to add “disabled” in your list of people Labour sticks up for (though they ARE spongers and parasites). At least most people who are unemployed will work again. Unlike these people who expect us to keep them alive because they were born deformed or inadequate. Why our society has this sentimentality towards the cripples and mongs, I have no idea.

  51. 51
    Far And Away Today's Most Sensible Commenter says:

    Denis Skinner doesn’t exist. He’s a hologram, just like you and Judith Chalmers. Fifty-eight billion orange plastic buckets are flying from the Planet Jupiter straight towards my head! Weevils make a lovely snack. Looby Loo and Sir Stafford Cripps were NOT gay lovers, whatever the voices in my wardrobe may say. Hail Epiglottis! Tarara boom-dee-ay! Vote UKIP!!!!!!!!!

  52. 52
    Godfrey Bloom's Smarter Brother says:

    Precisely how is that relevant to my imminent murder?

  53. 53
    Dick Whittington's Cat says:

    The member of for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath was also absent.

    If you’re going to put it in “sense”, make sure it makes “red”…

  54. 54
    Ah! definitely says:

    Diane Abbott MP ‏@HackneyAbbott 1h
    In St Margaret’s Westminster waiting for #TonyBenn funeral to begin. Greatest Labour politician of his generation

  55. 55
    In certain respects I share your dislike says:

    But the worst thing about him is his abysmal judgment. He is plainly unfit to be Prime Minister. I speak as a (would-be) Labour voter.

  56. 56
    Dame Duchess Pope-Elect "Hazel" Blears says:

    Does anyone remember who I am?

  57. 57
    Dangerous Brian says:

    Out to stimulate a little debate maybe, or just a proper Nazi at heart?

  58. 58
    Sue Denim says:


  59. 59
    Dangerous Brian says:

    Just when we thought Ms Abbott couldn’t be any dafter, she proves she really is as daft (and facile) as the proverbial bag of washing.
    Can’t wait to see her perform her latest comedy routine on QT tonight.

  60. 60
    Simon B says:

    I’m not a Nazi as I hate anything with even a whiff of socialism. But I am far-right and think we need to run society on a Dawrinist, survival of the fittest basis.

  61. 61
    Big John, big bad John says:

    Typo. He meant testiclefies.

  62. 62
    Seychelles here I come... says:

    Testes Fried…

  63. 63
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    It was the right thing to poo.

  64. 64
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Flak — Die Flugzeugabwehrkanone (anti-aircraft gun)

  65. 65
    Muggins the tax payer says:

    Kaufman is still alive!? Jesus – how much taxpayers money has he received over the years?

  66. 66
    I'vegotalittlelist says:

    Agree with Muggins the tax payer about feeling astonishment at seeing Kaufman on the list, then I noticed all the other shit bags on the list of abstainers. What a collection of the worst kind of labour tossers.

  67. 67
    dickie says:

    Nobody believes that Labour will limit welfare.

  68. 68
    fluffers says:

    Greenwood’s my MP. A nice enough person who I have met a few times (I’m involved in scouts and she’s come to our fundraisers and stuff, which I guess is admirable), but her politics are mental hard-left stuff from the Foot era and she’s been parachuted in, as far as I can tell.

  69. 69
    FFS says:

    we cannot have an opposition that opposes now can we???

  70. 70
    FFS says:

    you’d be first in the firing line then, cnut

  71. 71
    FFS says:

    “and she’s been parachuted in, as far as I can tell. ” you mean you dont know, FFS

  72. 72
    RightwinggitRedux says:

    “from Labour over the welfare the cap”

    “The member of for Kirkcaldy”

    No wonder I get blocked links from your once proud site, Fawkes.

  73. 73
    manomidlandmainline says:

    Confirms Labour not fit to govern, if we need any further proof. 6 times they have bombed our economy, let’s not give them the chance to make it 7

  74. 74
    Pillock Watch says:

    ‘Put your phone down you prat!’ Labour MP Diane Abbott accused of disrespect after live tweeting from Tony Benn’s funeral

    Read more:
    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

  75. 75
    Pillock Watch says:

    Postcodes, that was what he did, he announced postcodes for the Royal Mail, wow.

  76. 76
    Dessert Rat says:

    Didn’t he do the talking clock as well, or was that some other geezer?

    Anyway he was famous for something or other!

  77. 77
    Oggian St'Ables says:

    Every single day, someone new comes out with ‘Ed needs to just’ blah, blah, blah, in a friendly clubbable manner whilst honing their gutting blade.

    There isn’t an Ed, though, just an empty, well-meaning suit.
    And doesn’t Mr Balls know it, happily waiting for defeat in the next election so he can don his shining armour and lurch into the spotlight saying, ‘me, pick me Miss’ for 2020. What patience, what risible vanity.

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