Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, July 27, 2015

Another UK party in disarray

The Prime Minister has trouble keeping his MPs in line. Now it seems that Labour, which is still deciding upon a new leader, has trouble keeping its members united.

Welfare cuts backed amid Labour revolt
MPs have backed government plans for £12bn in welfare cuts amid a Labour revolt over its leadership's call for its MPs not to oppose the changes.

The Commons backed the Welfare Reform and Work Bill at Second Reading by 308 to 124 votes.

Announcing voting results
But 48 Labour MPs defied orders to abstain and instead voted against the bill…

Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman has faced criticism for her stance on the issue, with many MPs saying she should have been more outspoken in her opposition to curbs on child tax credits and cuts to other in-work benefits…

In a passionate debate, Conservative MPs lined up to support the measures while many Labour MPs said they could not support the bill, which was also opposed by the SNP, the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and the Greens…

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said: "Nearly 50 Labour MPs have defied their leadership and opposed our welfare reforms which will move our country from a low wage, high tax and high welfare economy to a higher wage, lower tax and lower welfare society… "

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