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UK PM May says her chief whip Smith made honest mistake

Conservative Chairman Brandon Lewis followed the advice and voted with the government at a key Brexit vote on Tuesday.


Reuters United Kingdom
Updated: 20-07-2018 16:22 IST

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday said that her chief enforcer in parliament has made an honest mistake by breaking a so-called pairing agreement at a crucial vote and that he and the party's chairman had apologised.

Julian Smith, known as the government's chief whip, told some Conservative lawmakers to break a pairing arrangement with rival parties that ensures genuine absences do not skew votes in parliament.

Conservative Chairman Brandon Lewis followed the advice and voted with the government at a key Brexit vote on Tuesday even though his "pair", Liberal Democrat lawmaker Jo Swinson, was away as she had just given birth.

When asked by a reporter if she could be trusted, May said: "There was an honest mistake made for which the chief whip and indeed Brandon Lewis have both apologised to the member concerned."

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