David Cameron’s hopes of winning the next election are in tatters after Lib Dems today helped wreck his plan to cut the number of MPs.
The Tories’ proposed constituency boundary changes would have been worth an extra 20 Conservative seats according to electoral experts.
But in a new low for Coalition relations, Nick Clegg ordered his MPs to vote with Labour and the nationalist parties against cutting the number of MPs from 650 to 600.
The Conservatives lost by 292 votes to 334. It’s the first time Lib Dem ministers have voted against the Government.
With the current boundaries, if the Lib Dem share holds at 12%, Labour would need a swing of just 0.4% to be the largest overall party.
Mr Clegg’s party were after revenge on the Tories after they broke the Coalition Agreement by not backing Lib Dem plans for more elected members of the Lords.
Four Tory backbenchers, David Davis, Philip Davies, John Baron and Richard Shepherd, voted with the opposition parties.
But most Conservatives were furious at the betrayal by their allies.
Tory MP Penny Mordaunt said the Lib Dems were motivated by “spite, pettiness and self-interest”.
Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes said: “Today’s Liberal Democrat vote is entirely caused by the Conservatives breaking the agreement to reform the House of Lords.
“We are determined to stand up for ourselves and our policies.”
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