A Tory MP is set to miss a debate and vote on welfare policy because he will be running the line at a Champions League football tie in Barcelona. Douglas Ross has been listed as assistant referee at the Camp Nou stadium for Wednesday night's match against Olympiakos. The game kicks off at 7:45pm UK time, 45 minutes after MPs at Westminster are expected to vote on a Labour motion calling for the controversial roll-out of universal credit to be postponed. The Government could face a potentially embarrassing revolt on the motion, with reports suggesting up to 25 Tory MPs could be willing to rebel over concerns about claimants facing delays to get money under the system. But the absence of Ross suggests that Tory whips have adopted a relaxed approach and could mean the Conservatives repeat the ploy they used to avoid a potential rebellion in previous Labour-led debates in the Commons by abstaining en masse.
Source: The Telegraph