The new government has suffered its first defeat in the House of Commons, over changes to rules governing the in/out EU referendum campaign.

Ministers wanted to amend so-called “purdah” rules which limit government activity during the campaign period.

But Labour teamed up with rebel Tory MPs to block the move by 312 to 285 and ensure the normal rules would apply.

Earlier, the government conceded a rebel Tory amendment preventing a snap poll from being held.

Tabled by Eurosceptic Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin, it requires ministers to give four months’ notice of how the final purdah rules would work.

The amendment had attracted support from Labour, meaning the government faced a possible defeat on it.

Source: EU referendum: Cameron suffers Commons defeat over ‘purdah’ rules – BBC News

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