ALMOST all of Scotland’s Tory MPs voted to reject the House of Lords’ amendments to Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda legislation – including calls to exempt victims of modern slavery from the scheme.

The parliamentary “ping-pong” is over the plans is set to continue as peers will once again debate legislation declaring the east African nation safe for refugees.

The Government successfully overturned six House of Lords amendments on Monday as MPs voted to return the Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill to its original form two years after the UK first announced its deal with Rwanda.

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In the vote on Monday, MPs rejected six amendments, one of which would have granted a removal exemption for people who had supported the UK’s armed forces overseas.

The government also rejected calls to exempt victims of modern slavery from the Rwanda scheme, instead proposing its own amendment that would provide an annual report on the impact of the policy on victims.

Here’s how Scotland’s Tory MPs voted:

  • Andrew Bowie – Aye
  • Dr Lisa Cameron – Aye
  • David Duguid – Did not vote.
  • Alister Jack – Aye
  • John Lamont – Aye
  • David Mundell – Aye
  • Douglas Ross – Aye

It is not yet clear if the Lords will make another attempt to amend the legislation, which it has already done twice now, or if peers will concede defeat and allow the legislation through.

The legislation will only receive royal assent and become law once both Houses have agreed on its final wording in a process known as parliamentary ping-pong.

The National: Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross speaking during the Scottish Conservative partyDouglas Ross voted to reject all the Lords amendments.

Among the amendments overturned by MPs on Monday were proposals to ensure the bill has “due regard” for domestic and international law and that Rwanda is only regarded as safe for as long as the provisions of the UK’s treaty with that country are in place.

During Monday’s debate, veteran Conservative backbencher Sir Bill Cash urged peers to “calm down” and described their amendments as “ridiculous”.

Home Office minister Michael Tomlinson stressed that the “elected” Commons had voted in favour of an unamended Bill and called on MPs to “stand with the Government in upholding the will of the House of Commons”.

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But Labour’s shadow immigration minister Stephen Kinnock said the Rwanda scheme was “doomed to fail” and described the policy as “fundamentally unworkable, unaffordable and unlawful”.

The Government has previously said it wanted to get flights off the ground in the spring, but on Monday the Prime Minister’s official spokesman would only say it was committed to implementing the policy “as soon as possible”.

Monday’s debate took place the day after the busiest day so far this year for Channel crossings, with more than 500 migrants arriving in the UK.

The latest crossings took the provisional total for the year so far to 6265 – 28% higher than this time last year (4899) and 7% higher than the 5828 recorded at this point in 2022.

PA news agency analysis of the figures suggests 75,629 migrants have made the journey since then home secretary Dame Priti Patel signed what she called a “world first” agreement in Rwanda’s capital Kigali on April 14 2022.