PM orders top Tories to abstain on rebel amendment

David Cameron looks set to avoid a confrontation with his own backbenchers by ordering Conservative ministers to abstain in a key vote over deporting foreign criminals.

An amendment to the Immigration Bill tabled by Tory backbencher Dominic Raab would prevent foreign nationals dodging deportation after serving a jail sentence by claiming that it would breach their right to a family life

Davi Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday.
David Cameron looks set to avoid a confrontation with his own backbenchers on the Immigration Bill/ Credit: PA/PA Wire

Mr Cameron's decision to abstain will split the coalition Government, as Liberal Democrat ministers have been told to oppose the amendment in the House of Commons this afternoon.

Read: Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship's blog on the immigration debate rebels

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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.