Labour joined forces with Tory rebels last night in a vote over the European Union budget that saw prime minister David Cameron’s calls for a real-terms freeze defeated.
According to The Times, 53 Tory rebels voted with Labour which resulted in a non-binding motion calling for Cameron (pictured) to instead argue for a cut in the EU’s seven-year budget in Brussels on 22 November.
The Government lost by 13 votes, 294 to 307.
A Downing Street aide told The Times that Cameron would take note of the vote.
The European Commission is proposing a 5 per cent rise in its next budget to £826bn, which will cover funding from 2014 to 2020.
Cameron had vowed to fight for a smaller increase in line with inflation.