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Watch again: MPs vote on Rwanda asylum plans amid Tory rebellion

Holly Patrick
Wednesday 17 January 2024 11:51 GMT
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Watch as MPs debated and voted on the Safety of Rwanda Bill on passed through the Commons at its third reading on Wednesday night, 17 January.

The controversial bill, which aims to assert that Rwanda is a safe country for asylum seekers to be deported to, passed by 320 votes in favour to 276 against.

It comes after Rishi Sunak faced the biggest Conservative revolt of his leadership yesterday, as some 60 Conservatives supported changes to the deportation legislation put forward by Tory veteran Sir Bill Cash.

No Conservatives had voted against the bill at its second reading, however, despite similar warnings from the right of the party.

Most of the rebels backed down in the end, with only 11 Conservative MPs voting against the bill, including former home secretary Suella Braverman and former immigration minister Robert Jenrick.

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