Tim Loughton: Around 180 Tory MPs rebelled

Tory MP Tim Loughton has said he believes around 139 Conservative MPs voted against the same sex marriage bill, and possibly as many as 40 of them abstained.

If true, that would mean that a substantial majority of the party did not vote with the Prime Minister.

He told BBC News that he did not see it as a reflection on David Cameron's lack of authority.

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