“Negotiations can now begin,” the President of the European Council tweeted in reply.
The Prime Minister presented his four objectives for EU reform.
A councillor in Bury, he contested Bolton North East in the General Election.
The number of rebels has risen; it is concentrated among post-2005 intake Tories, and in seats that are either marginal or were until recently.
Lord Ashcroft is struck down by a life-threatening illness, and is forced to miss his own book launch
He has been seriously ill for almost a month, but is now reported to be recovering.
I’m aware that I owe many dear friends and supporters a phone call, email or text. Tonight’s revelations will, hopefully, explain the reason for my lack of contact.
The Trotskyistas can’t stop his pension. So he can happily tell them to bog off.
“I don’t want us to be just the party of the technocrat. The grudging vote of competence. I want us to be the party of the thinkers, the dreamers, the reformers and the visionaries too.”
“A Great British take-off – that leaves no-one behind. That’s our dream – to help you realise your dreams.”
“The London Labour party – Trots and militants with vested interests and indeed interesting vests.”
“We are the builders.”
As voting opens, the contenders give their last pitch for the nomination.
Of the 37 Conservatives MPs who rebelled, only eight entered the Commons either this year or in 2010.
On the surface, this intake looks different from those that have preceded it – and is in some respects. But beneath it, this is in many ways a very traditional Tory group.
The Complete “Cameron’s Children” will be published on this site later this morning. Here’s a taste of it…