Boris fishing BLUNDER: Government ‘accidentally’ back Labour amendment in ...

BORIS JOHNSON'S Government has been left red-faced after accidentally voting for a Labour amendment to a fishing bill during a moment of chaos in the House of Commons.

PUBLISHED: 21:02, Tue, Sep 15, 2020 | UPDATED: 21:03, Tue, Sep 15, 2020

In a hugely embarrassing moment, Tory MPs in the chamber unwittingly nodded through a Labour amendment in the Fisheries Bill Committee. Labour put forward an amendment, listed as Clause 2, to the Bill which would have required the Secretary of State to consult the recreational fishing sector when making any changes to the legislation.


The amendment was read out by the chair of the committee, Tory MP Charles Walker, and given a resounding “aye, aye” by Tory MPs.

Mr Walker then moved onto Clause three of the Bill before realising the mistake, with an error on the Committee script to blame.

He said: “Sorry, hold on, sorry, we have an issue here.”

Confusion then presided over the chamber with Labour and Tory whips left to sort of the mess.

boris johnsonTory MPs accidentally voted in favour of a Labour amendment (Image: PA)

Charles WalkerTory MP Charles Walker was chair of the committee (Image: GETTY)

Labour’s fisheries spokesman Luke Pollard took to social media to make fun of the gaffe on the opposite benches.

He wrote on Twitter: “Lots of embarrassed Tories in the Fisheries Bill committee today as every Tory MP accidentally votes for a Labour amendment they technically oppose.

“The clause on recreational fishing is great but now witnessing their desperate attempts to reverse this stunning Labour victory.”

Following a lengthy break, the amendment was then asked to be re-run at the dismay of Labour.

Luke PollardLabour’s fisheries spokesman Luke Pollard shared the gaffe on Twitter (Image: Twitter/Luke Pollard)

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