A VOTE of confidence in the Government took place on Monday (18) and Oxfordshire’s non-conservative MPs had their say.

The vote, which was passed, was unusually tabled by the Government because it refused to accept the wording of a Labour motion after Boris Johnson announced he was staying on as Prime Minister until the autumn.

MPs were asked whether "this House has confidence in Her Majesty's government", with defeat almost certainly triggering a general election.

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Anneliese Dodds, a Labour MP for Oxford East , voted against a motion expressing confidence in the Government.

However, Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, Layla Moran, was one of just a few dozen MPs not to vote on the motion.

She said: "I was very much looking forward to the opportunity to express my lack of confidence in this failing Conservative government.

"Unfortunately, I became unwell over the weekend and was unable to attend Parliament to vote on Monday. 

"I was disappointed with the result of this motion, and that Conservative MPs failed once again to listen to their constituents and get rid of this failed Prime Minister. I have publicly called for a general election, as the British people should have the chance to send this failed Conservative Party packing from power."

The vote passed 34 to 238. Voting against the motion were 181 Labour MPs, 37 SNP MPs, 12 Lib Dem MPs, two Independent MPs, one SDLP MP, one Alliance MP, three Plaid Cymru MPs and one Green Party MP .

Meanwhile, 342 Tory MPs, six DUP MPs and one Independent MP voted for it.

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There were just 48 who abstained or did not vote – 16 Labour MPs, 12 Tory MPs, seven SNP MPs, two DUP MPs, six Independent MPs, one SDLP MP, two Alba Party MPs and two Lib Dem MPs.

The vote counts do not include the four MPs who acted as tellers, the seven Sinn Féin MPs who do not take their seats, the Speaker or the three Deputy Speakers.


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This story was written by Gee Harland, she joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter @Geeharland

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