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By Matthew Barrett
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We know that 91 Tories voted against the Lords Reform Bill last night. That's the big, headline grabbing figure – the biggest rebellion in this Parliament.
However, there is, perhaps, an even more remarkable set of related figures drawn to my attention by Jonathan Isaby. Firstly, the number of non-payroll-MPs who did not rebel, but who could not support the Government. While it's worth noting that some of these MPs may have been unavailable due to personal circumstances, etc, the Government's whipping operation means 19 MPs would not have been allowed to skip the vote. Therefore some will have taken the conscious decision not to support the Government. Those MPs were:
Add these 19 MPs to the 91, and you have 110 backbenchers who did not back the Government last night, despite the three-line whip. The number of those backbenchers who did support the Lords Reform Bill was 80.
Amongst backbenchers, at least, there was a 30-MP majority against Lords reform.