DUP backs Labour over NHS pay cap

DUP backs Labour over NHS pay cap

DUP backs Labour over NHS pay cap

The Labour motion was backed by the DUP, with North Antrim MP Ian Paisley saying it sent out a "clarion call" on the issue of higher wages for doctors and nurses. The government and Conservative MPs should stay the course, however.

The government thought that it had sewn up tuition fee rises for this academic year. The real question is will the Government now ignore the clear will of the House or will it take action to end the pay cap in the NHS.

Staring down the barrel of her first Commons defeat since she took the reins at Downing Street past year, May decided instead to avoid a damaging vote altogether.

Although the defeat will not affect policy, shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said it showed Mrs May lacked authority.

Earlier, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt had signalled he was sympathetic to pay rises to help retain and recruit health staff, while stressing he wanted "flexible working".

If the government is defeated in the debate, it will increase the pressure on May to scrap the public sector pay cap for more workers, and could force a rethink over tuition fees.

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The vote could also tempt Tory members to oppose the Government whip, who are growing increasingly concerned about the level of debt students are graduating from university with.

"The Prime Minister is in office but not in power".

The DUP's stance would leave the Government facing defeat on both issues, although Tory MPs are expected to abstain from the votes because they are non-binding.

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"Despite this, the pay cap sadly remains in place tonight".

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