In a statement released tonight, Labour’s MEPs rejected the proposal put forward by ally Martin Schulz:
“Labour MEPs do not support the idea of a secret ballot on the MFF as proposed by Martin Schulz. We believe that a vote as important as this should be conducted in the most transparent way possible.
“Labour MEPs welcome some of the savings that have been made in these negotiations so far. However, we still believe this is a wasted opportunity to really reform the EU’s budget.
“It looks likely that David Cameron has failed to secure a budget that will be most effective in tackling the consequences of the economic crisis and creating jobs and growth.
“Labour MEPs will look at the details of the deal and decide whether or not what is on offer is satisfactory in the current climate.”