School of Politics and International Relations

Theresa May prepares for a drubbing

15 January 2019

Theresa May will go to the House of Commons on January 15th expecting defeat. But where might it rank in the all-time league of parliamentary flops? Professor Philip Cowley has put together a top-five list of the biggest rebellions in the post-war era for the Economist. His list measures the number of votes against the government by its own MPs, rather than the size of the overall defeat (indeed, in four of his top five revolts, the government won with support from the opposition).