215 MPs voted last night to amend the Health and Care Bill to keep the scheme, introduced at the start of the pandemic.
“Britain’s hard work has paid off,” the Chancellor told the Commons.
Margot James resigned as a minister following her rebellion. Meanwhile, the Chancellor joined Gauke and Clark in failing to support the Government.
“We will fully fund the replacement of cladding on high-rise residential buildings,” the Prime Minister responds.
“I don’t think those murderers in Derry were motivated by any thoughts about the border or about customs arrangements.”
She replies: “I think you know the answer to that.”
Despite a three-line whip, only 133 Tory MPs actually voted with the Government. Several members of the Cabinet did not vote.
The Grantham and Stamford MP leaves the Conservative benches, to a cry of “Nick, don’t go” from one of his colleagues.
Otherwise known as Norway Plus, those backing the move included Bim Afolami, James Cartlidge and George Eustice.
Those who supported the motion included Mike Freer, Edward Garnier and Margot James.
The Letwin plan has not exactly delivered the promised clarity. Instead, the Commons has again said what it does not want.
“This ruling should not be regarded as my last word on the subject,” Bercow added.
The amendment was seen off by 314-312, so the six votes from the Opposition benches made all the difference.
“Only then can we do what we came here to do – what we were sent here to do.”
She promises the Commons votes on her deal, on No Deal, and finally on a possible delay.