Twelve Government ministers were last night poised to quit office over the embryo research bill row, leaving Gordon Brown “no option” but to back down and allow a free vote.
Senior Labour sources claim the Prime Minister faces a catastrophic rebellion over the Government-backed bill, which would allow the creation of part-human, part-animal embryos for research.
In addition, Mohammed Sarwar, the Labour MP for Glasgow Central, said he would abstain or vote against the bill because of his own beliefs as a Muslim and because he believed it represented the views of his constituents. “There should be a free vote, it’s a matter of conscience,” he said.
Full story at Scotland on Sunday.