Labour had called on Lib Dem MPs to defy their Conservative coalition partners and vote against the spare room subsidy. It tabled a motion calling for its abolition, but was defeated by 252 votes to 226. A majority of just 26.
But this could so easily have been defeated had Labour got its act together! Although it was a Labour motion, a shameful 47 Labour MPs failed to vote. These include Welsh Labour’s:
- Geraint Davies (Swansea West)
- Siân James (Swansea East)
- Chris Bryant (Rhondda)
- Paul Flynn (Newport West)
- Ian Lucas (Wrexham)
So yet again, we are tragically let down by Labour.