Labour Lords rebels: the full list

The 26 Labour MPs who voted against the House of Lords reform bill.

1. Adrian Bailey

2. Kevin Barron

3. Margaret Beckett

4. Stuart Bell

5. David Blunkett

6. Ronnie Campbell

7. Ann Clwyd

8. Jim Cunningham

9. Jim Dowd

10. Frank Field

11. Mike Gapes

12. Dai Havard

13. Stephen Hepburn

14. Kate Hoey

15. Kelvin Hopkins

16. George Howarth

17. Gerald Kaufman

18. Siobhain McDonagh

19. Andrew Miller

20. Madeleine Moon

21. Geoffrey Robinson

22. Frank Roy

23. Barry Sheerman

24. Dennis Skinner

25. Graham Stringer

26. Derek Twigg

David Blunkett was one of 26 Labour MPs to vote against the second reading of the House of Lords reform bill. Photograph: Getty Images.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Donald Trump's healthcare failure could be to his advantage

The appearance of weakness is less electorally damaging than actually removing healthcare from millions of people.

Good morning. Is it all over for Donald Trump? His approval ratings have cratered to below 40%. Now his attempt to dismantle Barack Obama's healthcare reforms have hit serious resistance from within the Republican Party, adding to the failures and retreats of his early days in office.

The problem for the GOP is that their opposition to Obamacare had more to do with the word "Obama" than the word "care". The previous President opted for a right-wing solution to the problem of the uninsured in a doomed attempt to secure bipartisan support for his healthcare reform. The politician with the biggest impact on the structures of the Affordable Care Act is Mitt Romney.

But now that the Republicans control all three branches of government they are left in a situation where they have no alternative to Obamacare that wouldn't either a) shred conservative orthodoxies on healthcare or b) create numerous and angry losers in their constituencies. The difficulties for Trump's proposal is that it does a bit of both.

Now the man who ran on his ability to cut a deal has been forced to make a take it or leave plea to Republicans in the House of Representatives: vote for this plan or say goodbye to any chance of repealing Obamacare.

But that's probably good news for Trump. The appearance of weakness and failure is less electorally damaging than actually succeeding in removing healthcare from millions of people, including people who voted for Trump.

Trump won his first term because his own negatives as a candidate weren't quite enough to drag him down on a night when he underperformed Republican candidates across the country. The historical trends all make it hard for a first-term incumbent to lose. So far, Trump's administration is largely being frustrated by the Republican establishment though he is succeeding in leveraging the Presidency for the benefit of his business empire.

But it may be that in the failure to get anything done he succeeds in once again riding Republican coattails to victory in 2020.

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to British politics.