More MPs voted to extend lockdown than previously recorded

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More MPs voted to extend lockdown than previously recorded
More MPs voted to extend lockdown than previously recorded

Last night, MPs in the Commons voted to extend coronavirus restrictions in England by a further four weeks, allowing the end of lockdown measures to be pushed back from 21 June to 19 July.

However, it has now emerged that the result of that vote was wrongly announced.

It was initially said that the motion had been supported by 461 votes to 60 – making a majority of 401.

But today, Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle says there was a larger majority in favour of the extension – it was in fact 429.

He explains: “(Conservative whip Maria Caulfield) has informed me that the number of aye votes was erroneously reported as 461 rather than 489.

“I will direct the clerk to correct the numbers in the journal accordingly.

“The ayes were 489, the noes were 60. The ayes have it. The names were correctly recorded in Hansard.”

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