NSOrris Johnson saw a Tory revolt last night to get his revised health and social care plans through the Commons. The PM’s 80-seat majority was reduced to just 26 as MPs voted in favor of 272-246. But just as the vote to abolish sled rules was voted earlier this month, that may not have happened which explains much. At the top of the 19 rebels who defied the whip to join the Labor Party in voting against the government – among them former senior ministers Esther McVey and Mark Harper – were nearly 70 Conservatives who were either absent or did not register a ballot. . Theresa May, Robert Buckland, Sir Ian Duncan Smith, David Davies, Jeremy Hunt, and Tom Tugendhat were some of the Tory heavyweights who felt they could not support the change to the £86,000 cap on social care costs. It remains to be seen whether the Bill in its current form is passed through Parliament. Of immediate greater concern for the prime minister may be the reaction of some in his own party to what he gave to business leaders yesterday. The general consensus is that he addressed the CBI’s annual convention in Port of Tyne and the story is in front of most news outlets this morning, including financial Times, which brands the speech as the “Northern Ramble”.
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There was a cabinet meeting this morning, hope the prime minister can find his place in his notes. Questions from the Secretary of Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, begin at 12.30 in the Commons, followed by the remainder of tomorrow’s health and care bill. Nadine Dorries will appear before the Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for the first time as Secretary of State for the Department. Environment Minister Jack Goldsmith will testify on tree planting and climate change to the Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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