Hospitalised Labour MP Naz Shah is wheeled into the Commons for a tight Brexit vote

It came after a bitter behind the scenes row when Tory whips refused to let Naz Shah be “nodded through” ahead of a knife-edge Brexit vote.

MPs who are unwell but can make it to the Palace of Westminster are usually allowed to register their vote without physically being in the Commons chamber – if both parties agree.

But a tense standoff between the Government and Labour whips saw the convention suspended yesterday.

All leave for MPs was cancelled and poorly members ordered to Parliament as Labour whips desperately tried to inflict a wounding defeat on Theresa May.

Lib Dem deputy leader Jo Swinson came to vote despite being two days overdue to give birth.

Only two MPs were “paired” – where whips agree to excuse one of their MPs in return for one on the other side.

Labour frontbencher Cat Smith who is heavily pregnant and Sir Michael Fallon who had an emergency eye hospital appointment were both allowed to miss the vote.

Yet even Tory MPs were disquieted by Ms Shah’s appearance, saying she looked “deeply unwell and in pain.”

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