Faced with such an overwhelming defeat, the government allowed two more major amendments to go through without a vote rather than risk another hammering in the division lobbies
'My office at Westminster is half a mile away from the division lobbies
where MPs go to vote, so walking between them provides a chance to get some exercise.
The government defeated both moves, but its majority slumped to 60 during the second vote as Conservatives joined Labour rebels and the Liberal Democrats in the division lobbies
"It is not stretching the imagination to foresee a situation where a British government that did not have a majority of English MPs and relied on Scottish MPs in the division lobbies
, decided to impose a deeply unpop- ular English education or transport law.
These MPs are the men and women who night after night trudge through the division lobbies
in votes they cannot win because they do not have the numbers.
A Conservative amendment calling for a referendum was defeated by 311 votes to 248 - a majority of 63 - as just 29 Labour rebels joined the Tories in the division lobbies
As Blair troops into the division lobbies
tonight hand-in-hand with Tory toff David Cameron, he should pause and reflect.
He believes the system of publicly filing through Division Lobbies
is outdated and MPs should cast their votes in a secret ballot.
Having therefore effectively forced some dutiful Labour MPs to vote on an issue which they profoundly disagreed, the least the Prime Minister could have done would have been to set an example and to troop through the division lobbies
with his faithful friends.
Apart from Mrs Hesford, five others who had originally signed the motion against the Bill decided to back it in the division lobbies
. Louise Ellman (Liverpool Riverside),Angela Eagle (Wallasey), Joe Benton ( Bootle), Eddie O'Hara (Knowsley South) and Colin Pickthall (West Lancs) were persuaded to back Tony Blair on the must-win vote, while Warrington North's Helen Jones abstained.
Hereditary peers, some of great antiquity, and their fellow "lifers", shuffled through the division lobbies
to take the House of Lords to death's door and ultimate extinction in its present form.
And she will ( the MP is already preparing to grab the Chancellor the next time they're together in the division lobbies