Tory Wars: These Rebels, Coming Over Here, Taking our Bill

Big day for Dave as he faces a pasting from his own backbenchers on the Immigration Bill. As ever, Guido gives you the run down on the sparring factions ahead of today’s scrap:

  • Raab amendment – Rebellion led by Dominic Raab, wants to stop foreign criminals from using human rights laws to avoid deportation because they have family in Britain. The amendment has the support of 104 MPs, and won’t be unattractive to Labour backbenchers. The Tories are blaming Cameron for the weak stance on human rights, Cameron is blaming the LibDems, Chris Grayling is blaming the EU and Theresa May is blaming the terrorists.

  • Mills amendment – Rebellion led by Nigel Mills, wants restrictions on Eastern European immigration to be extended until 2018. Mills claims he has around 75 Tories backing him, 40 is more realistic. Nothing to do will the high level of immigration from Eastern Europe in Mills’ Amber Valley constituency. 

The stretched twig of peace has reached melting point…

UPDATE: The Speaker has selected both amendments. It’s war!




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