Midlothian MP hits back at vote critics

David Hamilton MP

David Hamilton MP

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Midlothian’s MP missed last week’s vote challenging housing benefit changes as he was on a “previously arranged overseas visit on official business”.

David Hamilton (Lab) said: “Under a long-standing House of Commons arrangement, a Government MP agreed not to cast a vote because I was unavoidably detained working elsewhere. We cancelled each other out and the outcome was unaffected.”

MPs voted by a majority of 26 to reject the Labour motion calling for the abolition of the “bedroom tax”.

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