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MPs back call to lift NHS pay cap after Government faces defeat

MPs back call to lift NHS pay cap after Government faces defeat”

It is not binding, but that hardly lessens the embarrassment for Tory MPs.

A Labour motion opposing tuition fee rises is also expected to be unopposed.

The Government only commands a majority because of its confidence and supply arrangement with the DUP, which has said it will support the Conservatives on key legislation.

Staring down the barrel of her first Commons defeat since she took the reins at Downing Street past year, May decided instead to avoid a damaging vote altogether.

In a major shift, Tory sources told HuffPost UK that the party's MPs would not oppose any future non-binding Opposition Day motions for the rest of the Parliament.

Labour claimed victory after even the PM's DUP allies had earlier chose to support their call for an end to the pay freeze for nurses, midwives, doctors and other staff.

Giving evidence to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee yesterday, Mr Hammond said: "I do think there's a significant difference between a graduate who leaves university with a, perhaps, quite significant level of debt and a well-recognised degree in an area which is known to provide strong employment opportunities; and a graduate on the other hand who perhaps has a very similar level of debt but who may not have a degree that is going to enhance his or her employment opportunities in the same way".

Mrs May, who did not show up for either of the debates, chose to allow the motions not to go to a vote so as not to force her MPs to stand up and be officially counted.

"Maybe the House will agree that the points that have been raised today are such that we should send out a clarion call from this House that we do agree with the points that have been raised, all across this chamber today".

May herself was absent and decided not to put the issue to a vote after the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) had signalled it would back the Opposition Day motion.

MPs have backed a call for an end to the public sector pay cap for the NHS after the Government chose not to contest a Labour motion rather than face an embarrassing Commons defeat. They know they don't have the votes and her MPs know that they are on the wrong side of the issue.

But it does not cover a raft of domestic policy issues, severely limited Mrs May's room for manoeuvre.

Shadow Health Secretary campaigning against the pay cap.

He said: 'It is welcome that the House of Commons has supported Labour's call for fair pay in the NHS.

"We welcome the Prime Minister's commitment to flexibility on the pay cap".

'The Labour Party is no longer just the official opposition, we are a government in waiting, ready to properly invest in our NHS and its staff and transform Britain for the many not the few'.



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