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.