North Lincolnshire MPs Andrew Percy and Martin Vickers among Tory rebels in EU budget vote
Two North Lincolnshire MPs were among 53 Conservative rebels as the Government was defeated in a House of Commons vote on EU budget cuts.
Andrew Percy, MP for Brigg and Goole and Martin Vickers, whose Cleethorpes constituency includes the Barton-Upon-Humber area, both voted against the Government.
The MPs joined Scunthorpe's Labour MP Nic Dakin in supporting a rebel Commons amendment demanding ministers seek a real-terms cut in the next seven-year EU budget for 2014-20.
The 307 to 294 vote defeat for the coalition Government was its first of significance since assuming power in 2010.
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The vote is not binding, although rebels made clear the Prime Minister could not afford to return from next month's crunch summit in Brussels with anything less than a real-terms cut.
The Government's position is for Britain to press for a real-terms freeze, with the budget continuing to rise with inflation.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said ministers would "hear and take notice" of what Parliament had said but indicated they would not change their negotiating position.