“I’m told through the usual channels that the Conservative whips told their members to book hotel accommodation now, because the Labour Party were going to talk this Bill long, even though they were assured we weren’t by our own whips.”
Debate on the Finance Bill, which had no time limit, saw a number of lengthy speeches given by Tory MPs.
One MP told The Daily Telegraph that “any filibustering on the finance bill was to try and hang it out to ensure Tory MPs were there.
Questioned on whether MPs had sought to drag proceedings in the Commons in order to put the cost of their hotel rooms on expenses, he replied: “No, that’s absolute rubbish. Who wants to stay in a hotel?”