These are the 37 Tory rebels who handed David Cameron his first defeat of the new parliament late last night. Two non-careerists from the new intake join the usual awkward squad: Farage conquerer Craig MacKinlay and Corby’s Tom Pursglove.
Purdah now fully restored to EU REFERENDUM BILL. This is a victory for a fair referendum.
— Bernard Jenkin (@bernardjenkin) September 7, 2015
EU Referendum will decide the future of the UK. Delighted that measured Commons debate has restored purdah.
— Owen Paterson MP (@Owen_PatersonMP) September 7, 2015
Foolish of ministers to try to drop agreed rules on referendums. Congratulations and thanks to MPs on all sides who voted to uphold the law.
— Daniel Hannan (@DanielJHannan) September 7, 2015
The attempt to ditch purdah was a major error, as was the follow-up attempt to fudge it. Govt totally misjudged it, twice.
— Mark Wallace (@wallaceme) September 7, 2015
Govt tried to pull a fast one. Have rightly lost vote tonight. Purdah key to keep referendum fair and legitimate
— Robert Oxley (@roxley) September 7, 2015
Hard to argue the bloody nose wasn’t deserved…