TAP – government abstentions were just as important as the rebels who voted against the Prime Murderer this week.
From Spivey –
Alan Duncan, David Gauke and Steve Webb failed to return from holiday to support the Government, angering the Prime Murderer, according to sources.
Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, and Mark Simmonds, a junior Foreign Office minister, claim to have not realised that voting had begun as they were in a meeting. Commons officials said the explanation was baffling as it “would have been clear” that a vote was happening.
Kenneth Clarke also abstained after being given permission for “logistical family reasons”, but the 73-year-old minister without portfolio is widely expected to lose his job anyway in a forthcoming reshuffle.
In total, including Liberal Democrats and a Downing Street adviser, 10 members of the Government are recorded as not having voted.
Mr Cameron is expected to announce a series of changes as soon as next week, with the position of Sir George Young, the Chief Whip, also under scrutiny.
He wants his wargasm….
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