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Leader of the House of Commons Andrew Lansley has said that he was, "disappointed" that coalition partners the Liberal Democrats had voted against the change in constituency boundaries but said that, "the coalition is bigger than these disagreements."
Conservative MP Peter Bone has launched a scathing attack on the Liberal Democrats, saying that they have broken their pledge over boundary changes:
Conservative MP for Croydon Central Gavin Barwell, Reading East Conservative MP Rob WIlson and Jason McCartney, Conservative MP for Colne Valley have joined members from across the House in taking to Twitter after the Government Bill to change constituency boundaries was defeated:
Nick Clegg led his Liberal Democrat MPs through the No lobby to vote down a Government Bill which would have redrawn parliamentary constituencies for the 2015 general election - a move which was expected to have been to the likely benefit of the Conservatives.
In the deepest split yet between the coalition parties, Liberal Democrats combined with Labour and smaller parties to delay the implementation of the boundary review - thought to be worth about 20 extra seats in the Commons to the Tories - until 2018.
The Deputy Prime Minister initially supported the changes as part of a package of constitutional reforms, but announced last summer that his party would try to delay the review after the Tories forced the abandonment of plans to reform the House of Lords.
Labour MP for North West Durham Pat Glass, Diane Abbott Labour MP for Tooting, and Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Sadiq Khan have all taken to Twitter after the Conservatives lost a vote to change the Westminster constituency boundaries:
The Prime Minister's plans to redraw Westminster's constituency boundaries and cut the number of MPs at the next general election have been rejected in the Commons by 334 to 292, majority 42, following a major split in the coalition Government.