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She was too ill to walk through the division lobby so opposition whips agreed to see her before to take her vote.
Bessie once likened the House of Commons, with its doors leading to the division lobby, to a comedy show, and insisted that the "soulless ritual" was in need of reform.
Mr Blair is currently benefiting from support from the other side of the House which has so far enabled him to ensure victory in the division lobby.
He likes to go down the gym in the evening and if a vote gets called suddenly he goes through the division lobby in his sports kit.
It used to take just seven minutes to go through the division lobby.
The only time I had a conversation with her was when we found ourselves walking into the division lobby together on the War Crimes Bill.
As part of a programme of special concerts and events to mark the tercentenary year of its namesake, 18th century composer Charles Avison, the Ensemble are working in partnership with Division Lobby to bring "music in unchartered styles" to the North East.
It raises the astonishing prospect of Mr Blair succeeding in driving forward his "schools revolution" only with the help of Conservative votes in the division lobby.
Mr Cousins said he was amazed to find himself voting in the same division lobby as a man whose policies he consistently opposed when he was in power.

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