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Full list of Coronavirus rebels

Tory Rebels number 59 but Boris still gets his Tiers

Three Tiers will come into force in England tomorrow after MPs voted in favour of the post-lockdown restrictions by 291 votes to 78. But the number of rebels means there is little chance of passing future measures if the opposition decides to vote against them.

All afternoon it looked as if Downing St. was trying to play up the rebellion whilst the Covid Recovery Group of lockdown sceptic MPs were trying to play down their numbers: both in an attempt to manage expectations. In the end the rebels won the battle, 56 Conservative MPs voted against, and 17 abstained, far exceeding the threshold needed to defeat the Government’s actual majority, and a step change from the previous revolt in the low 40s.

Coming in at 54 whipped Tory MPs, it also constitutes precisely the 15% of the parliamentary party needed to trigger the threshold required to move a non-confidence vote. An abstract thought now, but not one the whips will have missed either.

However, the motion was passed after Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer ordered his MPs to abstain. Even so, 15 of his MPs broke ranks and voted against the new restrictions.

Jeremy Corbyn, formerly a Labour MP and Julian Lewis, formerly a Conservative MP, both voted against. All 8 DUP MPs also voted against the measures.

In a statement the Chairman of the Covid Recovery Group Mark Harper said:

“We very much regret that in a moment of national crisis so many of us felt forced to vote against the measures that the government was proposing.

“The House of Commons has spoken and we hope that the Government will take on board the comments we have been making on the need for better data and modelling, regional cost-benefit analysis and on trusting MPs with the information they need to make such important decisions on behalf of their constituents.

“We must find a way to break the transmission of the disease, recapture the public’s support and confidence, end this devastating cycle of repeated restrictions and start living in a sustainable way until an effective and safe vaccine is successfully rolled out across the population.”

The Tories who voted against the motion:

  1. Adam Afriyie
  2. Imran Ahmad Khan
  3. Graham Brady
  4. Andrew Bridgen
  5. Paul Bristow
  6. Christopher Chope
  7. Greg Clark
  8. James Daly
  9. Philip Davies
  10. David Davis
  11. Jonathan Djanogly
  12. Jackie Doyle-Price
  13. Richard Drax
  14. Iain Duncan Smith
  15. Mark Francois
  16. Marcus Fysh
  17. Cheryl Gillan
  18. Chris Green
  19. Damian Green
  20. Kate Griffiths
  21. Mark Harper
  22. Philip Hollobone
  23. David Jones
  24. Julian Knight
  25. Robert Largan
  26. Pauline Latham
  27. Chris Loder
  28. Tim Loughton
  29. Craig Mackinlay
  30. Anthony Mangnall
  31. Karl McCartney
  32. Stephen McPartland
  33. Esther McVey
  34. Huw Merriman
  35. Robbie Moore
  36. Anne Marie Morris
  37. Robert Neill
  38. Mark Pawsey
  39. John Redwood
  40. Mary Robinson
  41. Andrew Rosindell
  42. Henry Smith
  43. Ben Spencer
  44. Desmond Swayne
  45. Craig Tracey
  46. Tom Tugendhat
  47. Matt Vickers
  48. Christian Wakeford
  49. Charles Walker
  50. David Warburton
  51. William Wragg
  52. Jeremy Wright

(Tellers for the Noes were Steve Baker and Robert Syms)

The 17 Tories who abstained:


  1. David Amess
  2. Andrew Bowie
  3. Karen Bradley
  4. Steve Brine
  5. Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
  6. David Duguid
  7. Tobias Ellwood
  8. Nusrat Ghani
  9. Alister Jack
  10. John Lamont
  11. Andrea Leadsom
  12. Theresa May
  13. Paul Maynard
  14. Andrew Mitchell
  15. David Mundell
  16. Douglas Ross
  17. Jamie Wallis

The Labour MPs who defied their whip and voted against the restrictions:

  1. Apsana Begum
  2. Richard Burgon
  3. Mary Kelly Foy
  4. Andrew Gwynne
  5. Mike Hill
  6. Kevan Jones
  7. Emma Lewell-Buck
  8. Ian Mearns
  9. Grahame Morris
  10. Kate Osborne
  11. Bell Ribeiro-Addy
  12. John Spellar
  13. Graham Stringer
  14. Zarah Sultana
  15. Derek Twig

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