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Tory MPs vote against Cameron

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 00:56

May 16 - British Prime Minister David Cameron suffers a blow in parliament as a third of his own party’s MPs vote against him in protest at his stance on the EU. Simon Hanna reports.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron may have been glad he missed this particular parliamentary vote. The Conservative party leader - on a trip to the United States - was spared the embarrassment of having to witness on Wednesday a rebellion from his own party within the House of Commons. Tory rebels voted against Cameron in protest at his stance on the European Union - they want Cameron's promise of a 2017 referendum on British membership of the EU to be legally binding. Although the revolt was defeated, around a third of Conservative lawmakers voted against the prime minister, raising questions about Cameron's leadership. The centre right Tory party - in a ruling coalition with the Liberal Democrats - has 305 members of parliament. 116 of them voted against the government.

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Tory MPs vote against Cameron

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 00:56