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Michael Gove: 'Small' gap between PM and rebels

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has played down the difference between Tory MPs after about 80 defied David Cameron's Europe policy in a Commons vote.

He told BBC Breakfast: "There were friends and colleagues of mine who went through the other divisional lobby last night whose views I respect and whom I admire."

In total, 81 Tory MPs, including two tellers, defied the whips, while two actively abstained by voting both ways and a further 12 are known not to have voted.

  • 25 Oct 2011
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