By Paul Goodman, Conservative Home
The details of Commons manoevering on contentious bills are swiftly forgotten. It is only a few months since the House of Lords Reform Bill row, but some will already have forgotten that it wasn't defeated on the floor of the House. Rather, the Government calculated that it would lose a vote on the programme motion for the bill: such motions set the timetable for its debate at committee and report stage. If the programme motion had gone down, the Commons could have been clogged up for months with discussion of the bill that the Whips might not have been able to control. So it was pulled.
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