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Tory rebels defy No. 10 over the Rwanda Bill

17 January 2024

6:27 AM

17 January 2024

6:27 AM

It’s always a mistake for Downing Street to pretend it knows backbenchers’ minds better than they do

It turns out that Tory backbenchers aren’t all mouth and no trousers, as Downing Street thought. After briefing that the right of the party was all talk, Rishi Sunak’s team watched this evening as around 60 rebels repeatedly trooped through the opposite lobbies to vote to toughen up the Rwanda Bill.

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