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The rise of the unwhippable Tories

16 July 2021

1:20 AM

16 July 2021

1:20 AM

When the government announced a Commons vote on its decision to cut the foreign aid budget from 0.7 per cent of GNI to 0.5, the expectation was that the vote would be tight. In the end, the government won comfortably: it had a majority of 35. But despite their success, the whips would be wrong to be feeling triumphalist about this, I write in the magazine this week

Twenty-four Tories voted against the government, 14 of which were former ministers.

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