MP defies whip

KETTERING MP Philip Hollobone defied his party’s whip on three controversial VAT hikes when they went to a vote.

The Coalition Government’s proposals for VAT on hot takeaway food, alterations to listed buildings and static caravans were passed in Parliament on Wednesday.

But Tory MP Mr Hollobone defied his party on all three votes.

St Albans MP Anne Main was the only other Tory member to defy her party’s whip on all three votes.

The tax on caravans prompted the largest MP rebellion since the 2010 tuition fees vote, but it was ultimately passed with a majority of 25.