Former leadership contender Diane Abbott is set to be among the MPs planning to defy the Labour whips when the vote is called this afternoon.
Ms Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington) said she would not support the cap because it was the wrong thing to do.
Everyone wants the welfare bill to come down because spending on welfare is the price of failure.
However, we think this cap will just encourage arbitrary cuts rather than long term policies because that will bring down welfare spending.
We know, because of research by the Chartered Institute of Housing, when they did four pilots of the cap, in Haringey only 10% of households were known to have found jobs and 50% had to get more money from the council.
It's also part of the narrative to demonise benefit claimants. I don't think we should allow George Osborne to play politics with this issue, because it is people's lives.
Asked if Labour backing the plan would open the Opposition to the same charge, Ms Abbott said: "I think there is a danger it would be seen as playing politics."
Labour MP Diane Abbott has defended the role of trade unions in the party, claiming without them it is "a bunch of Oxford PPE [Philosophy, Politics and Economics] graduates looking for constituencies to represent."
Labour MP Diane Abbott has defended the role of unions in her party, saying without them it is "a bunch of Oxford PPE [Philosophy, Politics and Economics] graduates looking for constituencies to represent."
I personally, and other people will disagree with me, don't think the Labour Party should be ashamed of its historic links with working people...without its trade union links, whatever people think of particular trade unions, what is the Labour Party?
It's a bunch of Oxford PPE graduates looking for constituencies to represent.
What's the underlying anchor of it?
– Labour MP Diane Abbott, talking on The Agenda
The Agenda with Tom Bradby is on ITV at 10.35pm tonight
Nelson Mandela was "absolutely without any bitterness" about the hardships he had suffered and had "tremendous personal magnetism", Britain's first black female MP told Daybreak.
Diane Abbott met Mandela shortly after his release from prison in 1990: "The extraordinary thing was that he spent 27 years in prison. He had known many of his closest colleagues murdered, tortured, also imprisoned."