Labour minister resigns over EEA amendment

Laura Smith has resigned from her position as Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office allowing her to vote against the EEA amendment, instead of abstaining.

In a statement, the MP for Crewe and Nantwich stated: “After much reflection, I have resigned as Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office to vote against remaining in the EEA. I will always put my constituents in Crewe & Nantwich first”

4 Labour PPSs have also resigned to defy the whip on this vote.

The government won the vote to reject the EEA amendment by 327 votes to 126 – a majority of 201.

Around 75 Labour MPs defied their whip to vote for it with approximately 15 defying the whip to vote against it.

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