Crewe and Nantwich MP, Dr Kieran Mullan has abstained on a vote this evening which called on the government to take action to identify and fund the removal of unsafe building cladding.
The vote was in relation to the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 and the subsequent discovery that tower blocks around the country were clad in highly combustible material.
The vote is significant locally after the devastating fire at the Beechmere retirement complex in August 2019 which destroyed the building resulting in 150 residents needing to be rehomed.
Dr Mullan has previously abstained on other votes with regards to fire safety.
Although some Conservative MPs spoke in support of the motion today, all of them abstained when the vote was called.
The text of the motion put forward by the Labour Party was as follows:
That this House calls on the government to urgently establish the extent of dangerous cladding and prioritise buildings according to risk; provide upfront funding to ensure cladding remediation can start immediately; protect leaseholders and taxpayers from the cost by pursuing those responsible for the cladding crisis; and update parliament once a month in the form of a written ministerial statement by the Secretary of State.
The abstention is likely to anger local residents given his previous criticism of then Labour MP, Laura Smith, who herself, abstained on votes in the House of Commons.
His criticism came during the 2019 General Election campaign where he was the Conservative Party candidate in the Crewe and Nantwich Constituency.