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Labour rebels defy leadership in welfare vote

48 Labour rebels have defied the party leadership to vote against the Government's welfare reforms.

Leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn was among the MPs to ignore interim leader Harriet Harman's call for them to abstain in the Commons second reading vote on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill.

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48 Labour MPs voted against Welfare Bill

Rebel leader Helen Goodman has confirmed that 48 Labour MPs voted against sending the Government's Welfare Bill to a second reading.

The former minister tabled a rebel amendment to the Bill but it was not selected for debate and vote despite being signed by more than 50 backbenchers.

However, she and 47 other Labour MPs ignored interim leader Harriet Harman's orders to abstain on the main second reading vote, which the Conservatives won 308 to 124, majority 184.

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