Theresa May received a dose of her own medicine last night after suffering yet another defeat at the hands of a hostile parliament.
With a threatening Home Office tweet sent out on her watch making the rounds on Twitter the former Home Secretary went into hiding as her motion urging MPs to back attempts to strike a new withdrawal agreement with the EU was beaten by 303 votes to 258.
Many hard-line Brexiteers abstained from the vote, which highlighted the momentous task the PM has ahead of her.
Following the vote Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “There is no majority for the Prime Minister’s course of action on Brexit – yet again her government has been defeated.
“She can’t keep on just running down the clock and hoping that something will turn up that will save her day and save her face.
“And it’s surprising that the Prime Minister is not even here to hear the result of this vote.”
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David Lammy called the vote a “Valentine’s Day massacre”, with rumours of an imminent resignation spreading shortly after the defeat.
No.10 replied by accusing Mr Corbyn of putting “partisan considerations ahead of the nation interest” and by voting against the government was “in effect voting to make no deal more likely”.