With the media and blogosphere presently obsessed with the NoTW etc, it is perhaps unwise to post on what I consider a matter of equal importance as it may well not be read, however........
Last night, just after 10pm the House of Commons voted, without any debate, to grant the IMF an increase in the UK's subscriptions of £9.2billion - or to use the correct term: the draft International Monetary Fund (Increase in Subscription) Order 2011, which was laid before the House on 13 June. In my post yesterday I mentioned that Guido Fawkes believed that many Tories would rebel and that I would believe any such rebellion when I saw it.
Lo and behold, from the list of the votes it would appear that only 22 Tories voted against the government (although I stand to be corrected) and these were:
Steve Baker; Brian Binley; Peter Bone; Douglas Carswell; Bill Cash; Christopher Chope; James Clappison; Philip Davies; Zac Goldsmith; James Gray; Edward Leigh; Anne Main; Nigel Mills; David Nuttall; Matthew Offord; Mark Reckless; Richard Shepherd; Sir Peter Tapsell; John Redwood; Simon Reevell; Henry Smith and Graham Stuart.
The votes cast were 274 for the Government and 246 against. This means that 130 MPs were either absent or "paired".
We are told by Conservative Home that the 2010 intake of new Tory MPs are, by and large, the most Eurosceptic ever elected. When looking at the names in the "Ayes" one could well be forgiven for believing that Conservative Home hasn't the first idea about what it writes - which considering it is run by Tim Montgomerie confirms that belief. It must raise eyebrows amongst the Eurosceptic public to find the name of Priti Patel in the Ayes column. What is perhaps even more surprising - perhaps even 'jaw-dropping' - is to find the name of Bernard Jenkin; and I doubt whether it will please Bill Cash to find a member of his European Scrutiny Committee also included, namely Chris Heaton-Harris.