Over half of all Tory backbenchers rebelled

Over half of all Conservative backbenchers rebelled against David Cameron on the vote to ban foreign criminals claiming their right to a family life to avoid deportation, Labour said.

Anticipating a rebellion, Downing Street ordered Conservative ministers to abstain.

The Labour Whips' Office tweeted:

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Initial count is that around 85 Tory MPs, over half of all tory backbenchers, rebelled against @david_cameron on Raab's Amdt.

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Hearing that Tory whips were preventing Tory MPs voting against Raab Amdt even though Gov said it was illegal - shambles

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PM defeats immigration amendment despite rebellion

MPs have rejected proposals to ban foreign criminals claiming their right to a family life to avoid deportation. The plans were defeated despite almost 100 MPs, many of them thought to be Tory backbenchers, voting against the government.