Corbyn’s first rebellion

Further to the blog post about the U-turn on Labour fiscal policy, George Osbourne’s new spending rules passed the Commons debate last night by 320-258 votes. Corbyn and McDonnell had told Labour to vote against the bill yet 21 of them voted for it and 16 of them were given permission by the whip to be absent. Nearly all of those who did not follow the party line were old Blairites, including another candidate for party leadership, Liz Kendall. While this is a relatively small rebellion it does represent some of the divisions that have formed within the party following Corbyn’s election to the leadership. A good example for party’s and ideology as it could show that Corbyn has a major problem looming on the horizon that could even potentially threaten his leadership.