The shortening of odds may have something to do with the tiny trickle of Labour MPs voicing their support for the deal throughout the afternoon and into this evening. With the DUP and every opposition party opposed to the deal, Boris will need as many Labour rebels as possible to get his deal through. Labour MPs who have either indicated or are expected to vote in favour of the agreement are as follows:
Sarah Champion (expected)
Jim Fitzpatrick (expected)
Caroline Flint (expected)
Others who are keeping their cards close to their chest include Kevin Barron, Gloria De Piero, Stevie Kinnock, Stephanie Peacock, Ruth Smeeth, Gareth Snell and Graham Stringer.
Several independents are also undeclared, but it's highly likely that Ian Austin, Frank Field and Kelvin Hopkins will back the government.
Threats such as this one will have no impact at all on the way that I vote.— Kevin Barron MP (@KevinBarronMP) October 18, 2019
But I do have a question for Jon, as a vocal supporter of local member led democracy, why did you think it was appropriate to not shortlist ANY local members for the upcoming selection in Rother Valley? https://t.co/og4o7kjtyM
My constituent Graham Norman just came to my surgery. He is a lifelong Unite member who voted Leave. He begged me to vote for a deal tomorrow. I haven’t decided what I’ll do but when I look at some people’s comments on twitter calling people like him a Tory - I despair pic.twitter.com/D46z07KHwb— Gloria De Piero (@GloriaDePiero) October 18, 2019
And here is Jason, another Ashfield Labour member who voted to Leave. He is just as much of a socialist as those Labour members who voted to Remain. https://t.co/UuAs53q73U— Gloria De Piero (@GloriaDePiero) October 18, 2019
Every single one of these MPs have faced the full keyboard tapping fury of anti-Brexit Labour activists and Remainers at large. The bile and hate that has spewed forth will hopefully toughen their resolve, but we don't have long to wait now. One thing is for sure - if biased Bercow and his Remain Alliance have anything to do with it, proceedings will be far from simple.