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The Rebels: how Blair mislaid his majority

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Philip Cowley 
Methuen Publishing Press (24 October 2005)

Based on unprecedented access to both rebels and whips, The Rebels shows how a group of MPs routinely dismissed as spineless and feeble have become one of Tony Blair's biggest headaches. Written by Britain's leading expert on the subject, it details the clashes between the prime minister and his backbench MPs since 1997. 

Its nine chapters tell the inside story of the revolts on tuition fees, foundation hospitals and the Iraq war, and investigate when and how the whips intervene to keep MPs on message. Separate sections cover individual MPs or groups of MPs - including looking at the behaviour of ex-ministers, new MPs and women MPs. Appendices include a list of major backbench rebellions since 2001 along with material on Conservative and Liberal Democrat rebels. 

Philip Cowley is an academic visitor at LSE's Department of Government. 

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Philip Cowley, of LSE, is the author of The Rebels: how Blair mislaid his majority, which is to be published next week by Politicos.