Patrick Mercer (again)

Yesterday (25 July 2007), former Tory frontbencher Patrick Mercer voted against the party line by opposing a Government asylum (designated states) order. Back in March David Cameron sacked Mercer from his frontbench team for suggesting being called a ‘black bastard’ was part of Army life for ethnic minority soldiers. As is happening increasingly, the Tory frontbench line was to abstain on the order. Two Conservatives – Mark Field and Bob Spink supported the Government, while Mercer and newboy, Adam Holloway, voted against.