No fun last week, fun this week?

Three days of the Report stage of the Companies Bill last week ended in a bit of a damp squib. Leading rebel amendments in the name of Patrick Hall, Jon Trickett and Jim Cousins were withdrawn on successive days as the Government announced concessions to the Bill. In the end, there was just one Labour amendment, when Patrick Hall rebelled on a Government motion that made a series of minor amendments to the Bill.

Tonight, on the other hand, we have votes on the Lords amendments to the Police and Justice Bill. The word is that the whipping is very tight: ‘God himself couldn’t get off the whip tonight (so Tony will be voting at 10pm along with everyone else)’. Presumably the whips are expecting trouble…

UPDATE: Well, it wasn’t exactly that close, was it?