Oh dear. Theresa May’s confidence and supply agreement with the DUP is on very thin ice – if not already dead – after the party’s MPs abstained on a range of amendments to the finance bill and even voted en masse for a Labour amendment. This is in breach of the party’s deal with the Conservatives – the row has been triggered by May’s Brexit deal.
However, it’s not just May who has been caused a headache by last night’s Commons antics. The DUP voted for a Labour amendment to the finance bill calling on the Treasury to produce impact assessments of the budget on inequality and child poverty. Yet somehow it didn’t pass – the government still won by five votes. The reason? A number of Labour MPs were absent for the vote including one Jeremy Corbyn.
Mr S awaits the deselection campaign from angry Labour members.