114 Tories rebel over EU vote

DAVID Cameron’s assurances over an EU referendum have failed to placate his party, with 114 Conservative MPs last night voting to regret the absence of a bill in the current legislative programme.

Although the Prime Minister had said he was relaxed over how his backbenchers chose to vote, aides had hoped his pledge to introduce legislation would cause Eurosceptics to tone down their campaign.

The motion was defeated by 277 to 130 thanks to Labour and Lib Dem opposition – although 13 Labour MPs backed an EU vote.