Baroness Dido Harding has voted with the Conservatives on a parliamentary vote on the government’s plans for immigration and their impact on social care despite having promised to remain neutral due to her roles in the NHS.
According to reports in the The Mirror this afternoon, Cabinet Secretary Simon Case wrote in a letter that test-and-trace boss Harding had promised to avoid votes relating to health and social care.
But the Conservative life peer voted against the amendment tabled by Labour on Monday to review the implications that the government’s immigration plans would have on staffing for the sector.
Angela Smith said: “Baroness Harding either never intended to keep her commitment not to vote on health and social care issues or just didn’t care enough to find out what the Tory whips had told her to vote against. Either way, it’s brazen behaviour.”
The opposition won the division on the amendment, which will require the government to carry out an independent review. 304 members voted in favour of the change to the bill, while 224 voted against.