Margaret Beckett

Beckett: Voter ID trial may have hit turnout

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Voter ID trials have taken place in Derby, Broxtowe and North West Leicestershire - but Derby South MP Margaret Beckett has reservations.

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East Midlands MPs play big role in indicative votes

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Rushcliffe MP Ken Clarke was the only Conservative to vote for Labour's alternative Brexit plans in last night's votes.

His own proposal - a customs union with the EU - also came the closest to getting a majority in an inconclusive night in the Commons.

Labour Derby South MP Margaret Beckett's proposal for a second referendum to validate any withdrawal agreement received the most votes, 268, but 295 MPs voted against it.

In total MPs voted on eight different proposals in a series of indicative votes, none of which secured a majority. Theresa May has also said she'd step down if her own Withdrawal Agreement is passed.


Brexit delay: How did your MP vote?

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

MPs last night voted to ask the EU to delay Brexit beyond the current 29 March departure date.

The government motion passed by 413 to 202 with backing from East Midlands MPs Sir Patrick McLoughlin, Sir Alan Duncan, Anna Soubry, John Mann, Dennis Skinner, Ruth George, Nicky Morgan, Ken Clarke, Alberto Costa, Edward Argar, Chris Leslie, Lilian Greenwood, Margaret Beckett, Toby Perkins and Keith Vaz.

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MPs from our region who voted against the motion included Nigel Mills, Andrew Bridgen, Heather Wheeler, Mark Spencer, Pauline Latham, Maggie Throup, Ben Bradley, Lee Rowley and Robert Jenrick.

You can check how your MP voted on this page.

Did your MP vote to rule out no-deal Brexit?

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

It was another dramatic night in the House of Commons last night as MPs voted to reject a no-deal Brexit under any circumstances.

East Midlands MPs voting in favour of ruling it out included Dennis Skinner, Liz Kendall, Anna Soubry, Ruth George, Chris Williamson, Margaret Beckett, Keith Vaz, Chris Leslie, Lilian Greenwood and Ken Clarke.

Brexit vote

MPs from our region who voted against the motion included Patrick McLoughlin, Nicky Morgan, Sir Alan Duncan, Edward Argar, Nigel Mills, Andrew Bridgen, Pauline Latham, Maggie Throup, Ben Bradley, Robert Jenrick, Mark Spencer and Lee Rowley.

You can see how your MP voted on this page.

Tonight MPs will regroup to vote on whether to ask the EU for permission to delay Brexit.

Beckett: Second referendum needed in 'historic times'

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

East Midlands MPs Anna Soubry and Dame Margaret Beckett were among a group of politicians from across the political spectrum calling for a second Brexit referendum at a news conference this morning.

Vince Cable, Caroline Lucas, Liz Saville Roberts and Ian Blackford also attended the event, at which Beckett told reporters Britain was in "historic times" and Jeremy Corbyn could prove to be a pivotal figure.

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North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen, who has called for the prime minister to be replaced in response to her handling of withdrawal negotiations, says Britain has nothing to fear from a No Deal Brexit.

The Conservative member said: "We can enter into free trade agreement talks with the European Union as soon as we leave on No Deal and we can have ten years with tariff-free trade while we negotiate that deal - nothing would change."

Andrew Bridgen

Margot Parker, an East Midlands UKIP MEP, believes there's no deal which will get through parliament and Britain should accept leaving on World Trade Organisation terms.

She said: "We already have 50% or over of trade that we do with the rest of the world on WTO terms so we would manage."

Margot Parker

Rolls-Royce job cuts speed 'surprising,' MP says

The World at One

BBC Radio 4

Margaret Beckett has said she is surprised at the speed at which jobs are going to be cut at Rolls-Royce.

Margaret Beckett
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The Derby South MP said: "It will be a very heavy blow to a lot of people, not only in the city of Derby but across the East Midlands.

"There's always a worry with programmes of this kind as to whether the company is cutting rather deeper than they need and perhaps rather faster.

"I was a bit surprised to learn these redundancies are going to occur over the next two years. That's a pretty sharp turnaround."