Three of the five Nurses elected to the House of Commons voted against scrapping the pay cap for public sector workers.
Three ex-nurses turned Conservative MPs; Maria Caulfield, Anne Milton and Nadine Dorries alongside multiple Doctors voted against giving their own profession a pay rise in yesterday’s vote on public sector pay.
They voted alongside the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt and Prime Minister Theresa May.
The vote was called for after Labour tabled a motion a formal motion to remove the 1% pay cap for public sector workers.
But Conservative and Democratic Unionist MPs voted down the motion to end the real term pay cuts for public sector workers by 323 votes to 309 – a majority of just 14 votes.
‘This vote shows exactly who is on the side of working people’.
Controversially, Maria Cauldfield, the MP for Lewes, has previously been vocal in her support for both the NHS Bursary and fair pay for healthcare staff.
It is feared that these Nurses may have supported the motion but instead voted against it after pressure from party whips to fall-in-line.
Unite union general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Now we can see exactly what this Parliament will mean for working people.
“How dare the Tories ever again praise our emergency heroes, or look the people who teach our children, clean our streets or tend to our sick in the eye. This vote shows exactly who is on the side of working people – and it is not the Tories.”