As expected, Theresa May has survived the first of what is likely to be a string of no-confidence votes by 325 votes to 306, as the Tories reverted to type and chose party over country, with the help of the DUP. Not a single Tory voted against the government.
May has said she will conduct a series of meetings with other parties to try to find a solution, but this is meaningless as she is neither willing nor able to offer meaningful flexibility.
Former Labour MP John Woodcock, who unforgivably said he would not vote against the government, appears to have abstained. Other details of the division are expected soon.
Pundits are predictably already trying to blame Labour for May’s weakness – and several centrist MPs disgraced themselves today by touting their unattainable obsession instead of focusing on the business at hand, but Labour’s leadership has weakened the teetering government still further – and has exposed the arrogance and myopia of Tory MPs.
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