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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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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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