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    These Are The MPs Who Voted Against Accepting Child Refugees From Europe

    The Conservative government narrowly defeated a Labour proposal to accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Europe.

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    A child is kept warm after arriving from Turkey on a raft to the Greek island of Lesbos.

    Conservative MPs defeated a Labour proposal to allow 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees to come to the UK from Europe by 294 votes to 276 on Monday night, in a narrow victory for the government.

    Labour peer Lord Dubs made the proposal and likened it to the Kindertransport scheme, which allowed children to escape Nazi-controlled areas of Europe before the second world war. But ministers said they were concerned it would only encourage more refugees to come to Europe.

    Just five Conservative MPs rebelled against their party's stance and voted to allow in the refugees: Geoffrey Cox, Tania Mathis, Stephen Phillips, Will Quince, and David Warburton. A further 10 Tory MPs chose to abstain rather than vote against the government.

    UKIP, the DUP, and the UUP all backed the Conservative stance.

    All the Labour, Liberal Democrat, and SNP MPs who were in parliament voted in favour of the proposal, but this was not enough to produce a victory. Analysis by the Lib Dem whips office suggests over 20 Labour MPs abstained on the vote; had they voted in favour, it could have been enough to pass the proposal. However, many of these Labour MPs may have been absent due to illness or because they had made pairing arrangements with Tory MPs who were unable to attend, meaning it is unlikely the result would have changed.

    Labour will now table a similar amendment today in the House of Lords that will propose to let in a smaller number of unaccompanied children refugees who are already in Europe.

    These are the MPs who voted against the proposal to let in 3,000 child refugees:

    Conservative (289)

    Adams, Nigel
    Afriyie, Adam
    Aldous, Peter
    Allan, Lucy
    Amess, Sir David
    Andrew, Stuart
    Ansell, Caroline
    Argar, Edward
    Atkins, Victoria
    Bacon, Mr Richard
    Baker, Mr Steve
    Baldwin, Harriett
    Barclay, Stephen
    Baron, Mr John
    Barwell, Gavin
    Bebb, Guto
    Bellingham, Sir Henry
    Benyon, Richard
    Beresford, Sir Paul
    Berry, Jake
    Berry, James
    Bingham, Andrew
    Blunt, Crispin
    Bone, Mr Peter
    Borwick, Victoria
    Bottomley, Sir Peter
    Bradley, Karen
    Brady, Mr Graham
    Brazier, Mr Julian
    Brine, Steve
    Brokenshire, rh James
    Bruce, Fiona
    Buckland, Robert
    Burns, Conor
    Burns, rh Sir Simon
    Burrowes, Mr David
    Burt, rh Alistair
    Carmichael, Neil
    Cartlidge, James
    Cash, Sir William
    Caulfield, Maria
    Chalk, Alex
    Chishti, Rehman
    Chope, Mr Christopher
    Churchill, Jo
    Clark, rh Greg
    Clarke, rh Mr Kenneth
    Cleverly, James
    Clifton-Brown, Geoffrey
    Coffey, Dr Thérèse
    Collins, Damian
    Colvile, Oliver
    Costa, Alberto
    Crabb, rh Stephen
    Davies, Byron
    Davies, Glyn
    Davies, Mims
    Davies, Philip
    Dinenage, Caroline
    Djanogly, Mr Jonathan
    Donelan, Michelle
    Double, Steve
    Dowden, Oliver
    Doyle-Price, Jackie
    Drax, Richard
    Drummond, Mrs Flick
    Duddridge, James
    Duncan Smith, rh Mr Iain
    Dunne, Mr Philip
    Ellis, Michael
    Ellison, Jane
    Ellwood, Mr Tobias
    Elphicke, Charlie
    Eustice, George
    Evans, Graham
    Evans, Mr Nigel
    Evennett, rh Mr David
    Fabricant, Michael
    Fallon, rh Michael
    Fernandes, Suella
    Field, rh Mark
    Foster, Kevin
    Fox, rh Dr Liam
    Frazer, Lucy
    Freeman, George
    Freer, Mike
    Gale, Sir Roger
    Garnier, rh Sir Edward
    Garnier, Mark
    Gauke, Mr David
    Ghani, Nusrat
    Gibb, Mr Nick
    Gillan, rh Mrs Cheryl
    Glen, John
    Goodwill, Mr Robert
    Gove, rh Michael
    Graham, Richard
    Grant, Mrs Helen
    Grayling, rh Chris
    Green, Chris
    Green, rh Damian
    Grieve, rh Mr Dominic
    Griffiths, Andrew
    Gummer, Ben
    Gyimah, Mr Sam
    Halfon, rh Robert
    Hall, Luke
    Hammond, Stephen
    Hancock, rh Matthew
    Hands, rh Greg
    Harper, rh Mr Mark
    Harrington, Richard
    Harris, Rebecca
    Hart, Simon
    Haselhurst, rh Sir Alan
    Heald, Sir Oliver
    Heappey, James
    Heaton-Harris, Chris
    Heaton-Jones, Peter
    Henderson, Gordon
    Herbert, rh Nick
    Hinds, Damian
    Hollobone, Mr Philip
    Holloway, Mr Adam
    Hopkins, Kris
    Howarth, Sir Gerald
    Howell, John
    Howlett, Ben
    Huddleston, Nigel
    Hunt, rh Mr Jeremy
    Hurd, Mr Nick
    Jackson, Mr Stewart
    Javid, rh Sajid
    Jayawardena, Mr Ranil
    Jenkin, Mr Bernard
    Jenkyns, Andrea
    Jenrick, Robert
    Johnson, Boris
    Johnson, Gareth
    Johnson, Joseph
    Jones, Andrew
    Jones, rh Mr David
    Jones, Mr Marcus
    Kawczynski, Daniel
    Kennedy, Seema
    Kirby, Simon
    Knight, rh Sir Greg
    Knight, Julian
    Kwarteng, Kwasi
    Lancaster, Mark
    Latham, Pauline
    Leadsom, Andrea
    Lee, Dr Phillip
    Lefroy, Jeremy
    Leigh, Sir Edward
    Leslie, Charlotte
    Letwin, rh Mr Oliver
    Lewis, Brandon
    Lewis, rh Dr Julian
    Liddell-Grainger, Mr Ian
    Lidington, rh Mr David
    Lilley, rh Mr Peter
    Lopresti, Jack
    Lord, Jonathan
    Loughton, Tim
    Lumley, Karen
    Mackinlay, Craig
    Mackintosh, David
    Main, Mrs Anne
    Mak, Mr Alan
    Malthouse, Kit
    Mann, Scott
    May, rh Mrs Theresa
    Maynard, Paul
    McCartney, Karl
    McLoughlin, rh Mr Patrick
    McPartland, Stephen
    Menzies, Mark
    Merriman, Huw
    Metcalfe, Stephen
    Miller, rh Mrs Maria
    Milling, Amanda
    Mills, Nigel
    Milton, rh Anne
    Mordaunt, Penny
    Morgan, rh Nicky
    Morris, Anne Marie
    Morris, David
    Morris, James
    Morton, Wendy
    Mowat, David
    Murray, Mrs Sheryll
    Murrison, Dr Andrew
    Newton, Sarah
    Nokes, Caroline
    Norman, Jesse
    Nuttall, Mr David
    Offord, Dr Matthew
    Opperman, Guy
    Parish, Neil
    Patel, rh Priti
    Paterson, rh Mr Owen
    Pawsey, Mark
    Penning, rh Mike
    Penrose, John
    Percy, Andrew
    Perry, Claire
    Philp, Chris
    Pickles, rh Sir Eric
    Pincher, Christopher
    Poulter, Dr Daniel
    Pow, Rebecca
    Prentis, Victoria
    Prisk, Mr Mark
    Pritchard, Mark
    Pursglove, Tom
    Quin, Jeremy
    Raab, Mr Dominic
    Redwood, rh John
    Rees-Mogg, Mr Jacob
    Robertson, Mr Laurence
    Robinson, Mary
    Rosindell, Andrew
    Rudd, rh Amber
    Rutley, David
    Sandbach, Antoinette
    Scully, Paul
    Selous, Andrew
    Shapps, rh Grant
    Sharma, Alok
    Shelbrooke, Alec
    Simpson, rh Mr Keith
    Skidmore, Chris
    Smith, Chloe
    Smith, Henry
    Smith, Julian
    Smith, Royston
    Soames, rh Sir Nicholas
    Solloway, Amanda
    Soubry, rh Anna
    Spelman, rh Mrs Caroline
    Spencer, Mark
    Stephenson, Andrew
    Stevenson, John
    Stewart, Bob
    Stewart, Iain
    Stewart, Rory
    Streeter, Mr Gary
    Stride, Mel
    Stuart, Graham
    Sturdy, Julian
    Sunak, Rishi
    Swayne, rh Mr Desmond
    Swire, rh Mr Hugo
    Syms, Mr Robert
    Thomas, Derek
    Throup, Maggie
    Timpson, Edward
    Tolhurst, Kelly
    Tomlinson, Justin
    Tomlinson, Michael
    Tracey, Craig
    Tredinnick, David
    Trevelyan, Mrs Anne-Marie
    Truss, rh Elizabeth
    Tugendhat, Tom
    Turner, Mr Andrew
    Tyrie, rh Mr Andrew
    Vaizey, Mr Edward
    Vara, Mr Shailesh
    Vickers, Martin
    Villiers, rh Mrs Theresa
    Walker, Mr Charles
    Walker, Mr Robin
    Warman, Matt
    Watkinson, Dame Angela
    Whately, Helen
    Wheeler, Heather
    White, Chris
    Whittaker, Craig
    Whittingdale, rh Mr John
    Wiggin, Bill
    Williams, Craig
    Williamson, rh Gavin
    Wilson, Mr Rob
    Wollaston, Dr Sarah
    Wood, Mike
    Wragg, William
    Wright, rh Jeremy

    Democratic Unionist Party (2)
    Campbell, Mr Gregory
    Shannon, Jim

    UKIP (1)
    Carswell, Mr Douglas

    Ulster Unionist Party (2)
    Elliott, Tom
    Kinahan, Danny

    Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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