In the votes on Philip Hammond’s budget last week, the Establishment media chose to focus on twenty ‘moderate’ MPs whose decision to vote against a planned rise in tax thresholds was a slap in the face for some of the UK’s lowest earners – but was used by the media to undermine the Labour leadership.
But four Labour MPs also failed to support a Labour amendment to increase taxes for the top five percent of earners, instead choosing to abstain.
The four MPs were not, according to parliamentary sources, involved in ‘pairing’ – an agreement not to vote in order cancel out an unavoidably-absent MP voting the other way – and have not responded to a SKWAWKBOX enquiry whether there was any other reason for the abstention:
- Chris Leslie
- Angela Smith
- Gavin Shuker
- Ann Coffey
A fifth MP did respond to explain that she was absent helping a constituent who was being illegally evicted, that she had voted ‘with the whip’ on the other votes and would also have done so on the amendment if able to attend.
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