There’s nothing exceptional about large rebellions – or even Commons defeats – like that seen last night in the House of Commons. Every Prime Minister since Edward Heath has been defeated in the Commons at least once, as a result of their own MPs defying the government. The problem for the Conservative Party is the nature of the issue, and especially its persistency. Rebellions on other issues come and go; legislation is passed, or falls, tempers calm, the poison drains. But Europe is a chronic ailment to the Conservative body politic; there is always a summit, a treaty amendment, a budget, to cause the fever to return.
In this post for ConservativeHome, we identify the key facts about last night’s Conservative rebellion over the EU Budget.
Philip Cowley and Mark Stuart