EU referendum: Cameron suffers Commons defeat – BBC News

Last Updated: September 7, 2015By

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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  1. Ron Wilson September 8, 2015 at 7:03 am - Reply

    I think you’ll find that the Tory defeat would have got nowhere without SNP support which curiously you omitted.

    • Mike Sivier September 8, 2015 at 9:37 am - Reply

      Nothing curious about it; I excerpted the BBC article using the first few paragraphs. The intention was, as usual, for people to read the rest on the original website. You won’t make anyone sympathetic to your cause by finding bias where there is none.

      • Ron Wilson September 8, 2015 at 5:19 pm - Reply

        I was reading your comment Mike, not the BBC’s – it turns out the BBC DID ignore the crucial 56 votes of the SNP. I’m not accusing you of bias, more sin by omission & to be honest I’d expect better from Vox Political.

        • Mike Sivier September 8, 2015 at 11:03 pm - Reply

          But then, I can only report what I see myself – and that was what I had seen. In fact, I still haven’t seen any information about the SNP’s votes being broadcast by the news media. Admittedly, that’s because I haven’t looked for it, but in my defence I didn’t know there was a need.

  2. John Gaines September 8, 2015 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Where did the Tory lites who are running for Der Leadership stand or were they otherwise engaged elsewhere, my money is on the ‘pressing business elsewhere meme’ and, what did Tory lite in Chief, Harriet Harpy do.

    • Mike Sivier September 8, 2015 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Burnham didn’t vote at all. Cooper, Corbyn and Kendall all took part in the first few votes but then dropped out at different points in the process.

  3. mrmarcpc September 10, 2015 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Everyone knows the tories want to pull out of the EU so they can get away with more of their tyranny, though why the EU hasn’t injected themselves into the benefit cuts situation going on over here intrigues me, mustn’t care enough.

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