In our previous newsletter we talked about what it means to form a majority government, as opposed to having a hung parliament.  You can read that article here.

 

The majority held by the government has been tested recently, as some of the politicians were not physically present in the Parliament when the Labour party called for a vote on an issue. 

 

This could also happen if the government had a much larger majority, if the minority government was still refusing to ‘pair’ votes.  Pairing is an arrangement where if a politician is sick or otherwise legitimately unavailable (for example a sick child, or child birth), the minority party agrees to also reduce their vote by that number.