One in five of region's Tory MPs rebel on Europe

Prime Minister David Cameron has been defeated over the EU budget Photo: House of Commons

Thirteen of the Anglia region's Conservative MPs rebelled against the Government on the question of the UK's contribution to the European Union. It was a damaging blow to David Cameron by his own party after the Tory rebels combined with Labour to inflict a bruising defeat on his EU negotiating strategy.

A rebel Commons amendment calling on ministers to demand a real-terms cut in the EU budget was passed by 307 votes to 294 - a 13-vote majority. In total, 53 Conservative MPs defied the party whips to support the amendment. That included the two tellers - Northamptonshire MPs Peter Bone and Philip Hollobone.

The announcement of the result was greeted with loud cheers from the Tory benches. Although it is not binding - simply requiring ministers to "take note" - the result will embolden Tory Euro-sceptics, threatening to re-open the bitter divisions over Europe which tore apart the party in the 1990s.

One leading Conservative rebel, Peter Bone, the MP for Wellingborough, hailed what he called a "remarkable victory".

"Parliament spoke for the people. There was enormous pressure on colleagues to vote with the Government.It was a very significant victory for the people. It was because MPs have to face their constituents."

– Peter Bone, Conservative MP for Wellinborough

Among ministers, there was fury at the way Labour had, in their view, switched position to outflank the Government on its most vulnerable issue.

For Labour, jubilant shadow chancellor Ed Balls said: "This is a humiliating defeat for David Cameron which shows how weak and out of touch he has become."

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Thirteen of the 62 Conservative MPs in the Anglia region voted against the Government.

  • John Baron - Basildon and Billericay
  • Brian Binley - Northampton South
  • Peter Bone - Wellingborough (teller)
  • Douglas Carswell - Clacton
  • Nadine Dorries - Mid Bedfordshire
  • Chris Heaton-Harris - Daventry
  • Philip Hollobone - Kettering (teller)
  • Stewart Jackson - Peterborough
  • Bernard Jenkin - Harwich & North Essex
  • Anne Main - St Albans
  • Stephen McPartland - Stevenage
  • David Ruffley - Bury St Edmunds
  • John Whittingdale - Maldon