By Maximilian Clarke

Prime Minister David Cameron has suffered the largest rebellion in his party’s post-war history, after 81 MPs defied his calls to vote against a referendum on Britain’s role in the European Union.

Cameron has faced growing pressure to hold a referendum on the EU, though had resisted such notions, considering it to be not the most important question considering the economic challenges facing the UK and Europe’s economies.

Capitalising on the moment of Tory humiliation, Ed Miliband questioned how the prime minister could ‘win the arguments that matter for Britain’ if he couldn’t form an agreement with his own backbench.

"Tonight confirmed that the Conservatives are more interested in fighting each other than fighting for Britain in Europe,” said Miliband. “They are a divided party looking inwards not outwards at the needs of the country.”

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