Pairing

Part of Foreign Fighters and the Death Penalty – in the House of Commons at 4:28 pm on 23rd July 2018.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham 4:28 pm, 23rd July 2018

So the Government’s defence is that this very rare occurrence where a pair is broken happened by accident, but it just so happened that it was on a vote that the Government feared they might lose. Outside the House, that might be described in unparliamentary terms. MPs from the Conservative side have been reported in the press saying that they were rung by the Chief Whip and told to break their pair and refused to do so. Is the Minister saying those people misinformed the media?