The 17 Conservative MPs who rebelled to vote for the Spelman amendment

In the night’s only defeat for the Government, it passed by 318 votes to 310 – and with the largest rebellion from Conservative MPs.

The Government’s only defeat in this run of amendment votes also featured its largest rebellion. The 17 MPs backing the non-binding Spelman amendment are listed below – notable additions who did not rebel on earlier votes are Spelman herself, Jeremy Lefroy and Mark Pawsey:

Heidi Allen

Guto Bebb

Nick Boles

Ken Clarke

Jonathan Djanogly

Justine Greening

Dominic Grieve

Sam Gyimah

Phillip Lee

Jeremy Lefroy*

Oliver Letwin

Mark Pawsey*

Antoinette Sandbach

Anna Soubry

Caroline Spelman

Ed Vaizey

Sarah Wollaston

The 22 Conservative MPs who have signed Spelman’s letter opposing No Deal

We also reproduce the full text of the letter itself.

Below is the list of 22 Conservative MPs who have signed the letter organised by Caroline Spelman and Jack Dromey opposing No Deal.

Of course, if they are opposed to a No Deal exit, and the Prime Minister’s proposed deal does not pass the Commons, then presumably they must have a third outcome in mind. Are they in agreement on what that is? If so, presumably they will be announcing it soon.

I’ve also enclosed the full text of the letter at the foot of this post.

Conservative signatories:

Heidi Allen

Nick Boles

Jonathan Djanogly

Sir Roger Gale

Mark Garnier

Robert Goodwill

Richard Graham

Dominic Grieve

Sir Oliver Heald

Gillian Keegan

Jeremy Lefroy

Sir Oliver Letwin

Paul Masterton

Nicky Morgan

Bob Neill

Mark Pawsey

Antoinette Sandbach

Sir Nicholas Soames

Anna Soubry

Dame Caroline Spelman

Ed Vaizey

Sarah Wollaston

Full text of the letter to Theresa May:

We the undersigned Members of Parliament, business leaders and representatives are writing to you about the threat that leaving the European Union without a deal poses to the manufacturing industry. Many of us represent constituencies with a significant manufacturing presence. Manufacturing plants employ thousands of our constituents and their jobs will be put at immediate risk if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union with no deal. We are acutely aware that 29th March is fast approaching.

The renaissance of manufacturing and its supply chains in this country, bolstered by demand for exports, has markedly improved the lives of our constituents. The principal market for these exports has been the European Union. The revival of the manufacturing industry has created innumerable jobs, not only via direct employment but also in the supply chain and ancillary services.

A whole generation of young people have had the opportunity to access world-class training and gone onto highly skilled and well-paid employment in manufacturing with iconic, global and market-leading companies. As a result, the aspirations of a generation have been raised.

Leaving the EU without a deal would cause unnecessary economic damage. Trading on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms would instantly make our manufacturers less competitive and make it very difficult for the industry to justify producing goods in the UK for export. Leaving without a deal would make continued investment in UK manufacturing a real challenge for global firms, when they have plants in other European locations. Without continued investment and confidence in the UK manufacturing sector, thousands of jobs across the country will be put at immediate risk.

As a cross-party group of MPs, business leaders and representatives, we are united in our determination that the UK must not crash out of the EU without a deal. We urge the Government to agree a mechanism that would ensure a ‘No Deal’ Brexit could not take place and are confident this is a path that Parliament would support.

Yours ever,

The 25 Conservatives who voted with Grieve to block a No Deal Brexit – or try to

Some favour a Second Referendum; others, EEA membership. But they have combined to deal the Prime Minister a second bloody blow in a single day.

  • Heidi Allen
  • Guto Bebb
  • Richard Benyon
  • Nick Boles
  • Kenneth Clarke
  • Jonathan Djanogly
  • Sir Michael Fallon.
  • George Freeman
  • Richard Graham
  • Damian Green
  • Justine Greening.
  • Sir Oliver Heald.
  • Jo Johnson.
  • Dr Phillip Lee.
  • Jeremy Lefroy.
  • Sir Oliver Letwin.
  • Nicky Morgan.
  • Sir Bob Neill.
  • Sir Nicholas Soames.
  • Ed Vaizey.
  • Antoinette Sandbach.
  • Anna Soubry.
  • John Stevenson.
  • Derek Thomas.
  • Dr Sarah Wollaston.

Plus Grieve himself.

Please note: some of these Conservative MPs, like the Beaconsfield MP, want a second referendum and no Brexit; others, like Nick Boles, want Brexit, in the form of EEA membership.  They unite in opposing no deal.

Four Labour MPs voted with the Government: Ronnie Campbell, Kate Hoey, Dennis Skinner and Graham Stringer.

The amendment was carried by 321 votes to 299.

Yesterday in the Commons. More opponents than supporters of the Prime Minister’s deal on the Conservative backbenchers.

That said, there was more backing for her from her party than some of today’s headlines suggest.

Distinguishing a supportive question to a Minister from the Conservative backbenches from a non-supportive one is necessarily a term of art.

With that cautionary qualification in mind, we offer our best shot at estimating which questions to the Prime Minister from her own Party were supportive, non-supportive, and neutral – for example, requests for information.

We do so simply to get a flavour of where Tory MPs are on the proposed Brexit deal, to which the answer, as you might expect, is “deeply divided”.

This morning’s headlines suggest that Theresa May had a more hostile reception than our breakdown suggests, but you are in a very bad fix as Prime Minister when the number of unsupportive questions outnumbers the number of supportive ones/

Supportive backbenchers

  • Peter Bottomley
  • James Cleverly
  • Alberto Costa
  • Vicky Ford
  • Richard Graham
  • Damian Green
  • Patrick McLoughlin
  • Huw Merriman
  • Andrew Murrison
  • James Heappey
  • Nick Herbert
  • Neil O’Brien
  • Andrew Percy
  • Nicholas Soames
  • Matt Warman

Total: 15

– – –


  • Peter Aldous
  • Luke Graham
  • Kirstene Hair
  • Greg Hands
  • Caroline Johnson
  • Marcus Jones
  • Jeremy Lefroy
  • Edward Leigh
  • Maggie Throup
  • David Tredennick
  • Martin Vickers
  • Bill Wiggin
  • William Wragg

Total: 13

– – –

Unsupportive backbenchers

  • Steve Baker
  • Peter Bone
  • Conor Burns
  • Bill Cash
  • Mark Francois
  • Justine Greening
  • Dominic Grieve
  • Boris Johnson
  • David Jones
  • Owen Paterson
  • Mike Penning
  • Dominic Raab
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg
  • Desmond Swayne
  • Michael Tomlinson
  • Ross Thomson
  • Theresa Villiers
  • Sarah Wollaston

Total: 18