Cable: EU vote bill 'damaging'

The Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable has criticised Tory backbenchers' moves for an EU referendum Bill, as "just reopening a Pandora's box which potentially is not only damaging to them as a party, but it is damaging to the country."

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Labour: Vote 'is further devastating blow to PM's authority'

This vote is a further devastating blow to the Prime Minister's authority.

It demonstrates that David Cameron has managed to turn a Europe issue into a leadership issue.

This is a Prime Minister who has lost control of the agenda and tonight lost control of his Party.

David Cameron’s backbenchers have shown they simply won’t give up until he gives in.

The real risk is that he spends the coming month trying to get his party back in line, instead of focusing on getting our economy back on track.

– Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander


Tory MPs in favour of amendment speak out on Twitter

A number of Conservative MPs are identifying themselves as having voted in favour of the amendment to the Queen's Speech on Twitter.


Labour whips: 115 Tory & 10 Labour MPs back EU vote

The Labour Whips office estimate that there were around 115 Conservative MPs and 10 Labour MPs voted for an EU referendum:

130 MPs vote in favour of Queen's Speech amendment

An attempt to amend the Queen's Speech to express regret that an EU referendum Bill has not been included in the Government's legislative programme has been voted down in the House of Commons.

There were 277 votes against the motion compared with 130 in favour.

The vast majority of those who voted in favour were expected to be Conservative MPs, although Conservative ministers were forced to abstain.

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