Cameron Gove white tie

Having told their MPs they ‘could go off to supper’ until a vote at 10pm, a wrong-footed Tory whipping operation was then forced to drag them all back in again this evening to avoid a defeat by rebels on the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). The MPs recalled included David Cameron — who was dressed in white tie for a dinner at Mansion House.

At the final PMQs of October, David Cameron dripped smugness when he promised MPs they would get a vote on the EAW before the Rochester and Strood by-election.

“There’s only one problem with [Miliband’s] second question. We are going to have a vote. We’re going to have it before the Rochester by-election. His questions have just collapsed.”

It was remarked at the time that this might not have been such a great idea:

Having told MPs they were going to get their vote today, it dawned on the Commons they were actually voting on a different package of measures, which did not include the EAW. By 7:00pm Labour decided to put an end to the shambolic proceedings using a little-used procedure, meaning that the whole debate could be shelved.

Cue chaos:

While the Government ultimately prevailed, Gove and his deputy Greg Hands are already getting the blame.

  1. What a plonker him may and groves and this lot run our country could not organise a piss up in a brewery and that’s off. Andrew Mitchell of the mail the Tory rag LOL has Dai cam told rabecer

  2. Tories all getting their double chins to come along nicely on expenses. They’ll all have one for every face soon.

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