Theresa May’s minority government pact appeared on shaky ground after several DUP MPs voted in support of a Labour Budget amendment.
The Prime Minister struck a “confidence and supply” arrangement with the 10 DUP MPs, secured with a controversial £1 billion funding deal for Northern Ireland, after she lost her majority following June’s snap election.
But the division list showed eight opted to support a Labour amendment to the Finance (No. 3) Bill which aimed to force the Government to review the impact of increases to the personal allowance on child poverty and equality.
This meant the Government only defeated Labour’s proposal by 292 votes to 287, majority five.
The DUP had already abstained on the opening two votes at the Bill’s committee stage.