MPs have backed a call for an end to the public sector pay cap for the NHS after the Government chose not to contest a Labour motion rather than face an embarrassing Commons defeat.
The Conservatives had faced the prospect of losing a vote on the non-binding motion after their Democratic Unionist (DUP) allies made clear they would vote with the opposition.
DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said the motion was not covered by the “confidence and supply” arrangement agreed by the two parties after Theresa May saw her majority wiped out in last June’s general election.
“Lifting the cap on nurses’ pay and in the public sector generally is our party policy. The Government understood that is the way that we were going to vote,” Mr Dodds told Sky News following the debate.
“It is not part of…
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