The 17 Tories Who Rebelled on the Grieve Amendment

The division lists are out after the Government’s crushing defeat by 41 votes on Grieve’s latest Brexit-blocking amendment. 17 Tory MPs voted directly against the Bill, including DCMS Minister Margo James who resigned to do so:

  • Guto Bebb
  • Steve Brine
  • Alistair Burt
  • Jonathan Djanogly
  • Justine Greening
  • Dominic Grieve
  • Sam Gyimah
  • Richard Harrington
  • Margot James (resigned)
  • Phillip Lee
  • Jeremy Lefroy
  • Oliver Letwin
  • Paul Masterton
  • Sarah Newton
  • Antoinette Sandbach
  • Keith Simpson
  • Ed Vaizey

A further 24 Tory MPs also appear to have broken the three-line whip by abstaining without a clear reason, including Philip Hammond, David Gauke, Greg Clark and Rory Stewart. Karen Bradley – the minister responsible for the Bill – also abstained but she was paired. Philip Hammond reportedly came to Parliament just so he could abstain “in person”…

Guido is aware of 6 other Tory MPs who were absent for clear reasons, although it’s worth remembering that there may be more, whether through pairing/illness etc. Government MPs in bold:

  • Richard Benyon
  • Peter Bottomley
  • Graham Brady
  • Greg Clark
  • Ken Clarke
  • Alan Duncan
  • Vicky Ford
  • David Gauke
  • Cheryl Gillan
  • Damian Green
  • Philip Hammond
  • Stephen Hammond
  • Simon Hoare
  • Jeremy Hunt (by mistake)
  • Gillian Keegan
  • Huw Merriman
  • Anne Milton
  • Bob Neill
  • Matthew Offord
  • Nicholas Soames
  • Caroline Spelman
  • Rory Stewart
  • Julian Sturdy
  • Tom Tugendhat

Word is already doing the rounds that May’s whipping may not have been as robust it should have been to avoid giving her successor a poisoned chalice…

UPDATE: From Caroline Johnson “Your reporting of “rebels” is inaccurate. I did not rebel by abstaining. I was paired. As was Pauline Latham. Victoria Prentis was not “rebelling” either her mother died last night”. We have amended the headline and corrected the list accordingly. Apologies and condolences.


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