2nd rebellion over coroner
The House of Commons has backed the scrapping of the role of chief coroner, despite a second Conservative backbench rebellion in two days.
A number of Tory backbenchers backed an amendment submitted to the Bill by Conservative MP Andrew Percy which would force ministers to appoint a chief coroner. The Government has refused to make the appointment on the grounds of cost, but backbenchers are concerned it will mean inquests into military deaths are delayed by months as the position was designed to ensure the system moved swiftly and military inquests are conducted by coroners with specialist training.
Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Michael Dugher earlier urged Ken Clarke to reconsider his plans. Mr Dugher told PoliticsHome: "David Cameron should show he is listening, show some leadership and rethink this bad decision. Bereaved families including those from the forces deserve better.
"Ministers are happy to wear poppies on their lapels at this time of remembrance. It is now time to show they mean it when they say they will support the armed forces and their families."
Labour MPs have also attacked a clause in the Bill which would abolish the Agricultural Wages Board, taking £9m "out of the rural high street". In an opinion piece for PoliticsHome, Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh said this was an "unjustified attack on some of our lowest paid workers who do an essential job in one of our most dangerous industries".