How did our MPs vote in PM's Brexit deal?
PUBLISHED: 10:53 16 January 2019 | UPDATED: 12:37 16 January 2019
Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was rejected in a historic defeat at the House of Commons last night, but how did our Conservative MPs for North East Herts and South Cambridgeshire vote?
The deal, which set out the terms of how the UK would leave the EU on March 29, was rejected by 230 votes – the largest defeat for a sitting government in history.
There were 432 votes against the PM’s deal, and one of those to rebel against her own party was South Cambs MP Heidi Allen.
During yesterday’s debate, Ms Allen said: “I’ve approached my role by applying analysis, the consideration of facts and by listening to and representing my constituents in South Cambridgeshire as best I can.
“So it angers me greatly when I hear MPs say they will ‘reluctantly’ and ‘with a heavy heart’ vote for this compromise. Not because I don’t believe the Prime Minister has done her best, I have no doubt that she has, but MPs – none of us – should be voting for something that might make the economy weaker and risk jobs.
“I recognise I cannot please all the people all the time, but the thousands of emails, letters, tweets and conversations I’ve had with my constituents, it appears that they are content with my approach.
“So I ask myself if this deal will definitely improve opportunities for my constituents, will it really safeguard jobs? Will it guarantee scientific and medical collaboration? No, no, no.
“Will it support our services industry which makes up 80 per cent of our economy? No, they’re not even part of the deal.
“I have no regrets, I have no reluctance. For me the decision is as clear as day, this is not good enough for my constituents, this is not good enough for my country.”
Similar to Ms Allen, North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald also said that he based his vote on pleas from constituents, which saw him back the deal
He told the Crow said: “I voted with the government. It’s very important to our area to have an agreed Brexit process, and big local employers are contacting me saying ‘we must have a deal’.
“I was disappointed that the uncertainty is going to continue for workers, particularly in the manufacturing companies.
“However, I’m confident that matters will be resolved.”
Following yesterday’s meaningful vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a motion of no confidence in the government which will be debated for about six hours from 1pm, with a vote expected at 7pm.