Two Conservative Leicestershire MPs last night joined a failed attempt to change a new law which would allow homosexual couples to marry. North West Leicestershire's Andrew Bridgen and South Leicestershire's Andrew Robathan were among 70 MPs who voted in favour of amending the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. They wanted the proposed law to include provision that would allow heterosexual couples to to join in civil partnerships. The 70 MPs included 56 Tories, eight Labour, three Liberal Democrats and three others, who took part in the free vote. Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham Tim Loughton proposed the amendment saying it would allow equality for heterosexual couples but critics have said it was simply an attempt to wreck the bill and delay it by up to two years. There were 370 MPs who voted against his amendment. The bill is due to get its final reading in the House of Commons today and go to the House of Lords tomorrow where it likely to face further resistance. If the new bill is eventually passed gay couples could be allowed to marry by next summer.