Friday, May 10, 2013

Rattled Cameron gives MPs free vote on Europe: Tory ministers could vote against their own Queen's Speech

David Cameron last night allowed ministers to vote against the Queen’s Speech as he struggled to contain a growing Tory mutiny on the issue of Europe.

In an extraordinary development, Downing Street sources said Tory MPs would be given a free vote next week on a backbench amendment to the Speech that expresses ‘regret’ about the lack of legislation for a referendum on Europe.

The move came as senior Tories ignored the Prime Minister’s pleas to pipe down on the issue in the wake of last week’s elections, when UKIP gave the Tories a bloody nose.