Let’s hear it for Mark Oaten

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2006

I can’t imagine Mark relished the prospect of stepping foot inside the House of Commons today.

So kudos to him for turning up, and ensuring the Lib Dems, Tories and 27 Labour rebels defeated by one vote the Government’s absurd, ham-fisted plans to outlaw criticism, insult, abuse and ridicule of religion, belief or religious practice.

He’s not had much to smile about lately; but he can be justly proud of what he helped achieve this evening.