We’ll see a lot more votes like this in the future – if the Tories aren’t ousted within the next few weeks over their alleged election spending misdemeanours.
David Cameron faces the possibility of a humiliating Commons defeat on Monday over policy on child refugees, as Tory MPs demand that the UK admits more unaccompanied young people who have fled to Europe from their war-torn homelands.
At least a dozen Tory MPs were said to be considering whether to back an amendment to the immigration bill, tabled by Labour peer Lord Dubs and backed by the House of Lords last month, which commits the UK to take in 3,000 lone child refugees who are already in Europe.
Dubs, who was saved from the Nazis and brought to London in 1939 as part of the Kindertransport programme, has led a parliamentary campaign to take in youngsters from camps near Calais and elsewhere in Europe who, he says, are hugely vulnerable to exploitation, sexual violence and disease.
With the government’s Commons majority just 18, a rebellion by a dozen Tories could be enough to inflict defeat if the other parties marshal their forces to vote for the Dubs plan.
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