I want to be very clear that the threats to May are only coming from one wing of the Party, and aren’t shared by the vast majority of Conservative MPs.
We reproduce the Labour MP’s full speech from yesterday’s Commons debate on the issue, in which she called on her party to expel Livingstone.
Crossbench votes are always crucial in the Upper House as it now is. But the decisive role in the Bill’s consideration may well be played by the Official Opposition.
The Prime Minister rejects the suggestion that Donald Trump ordered the UK to join airstrikes against the Assad regime’s chemical weapons facilities.
The Prime Minister faces a difficult afternoon – but will be aided by the unwillingess of Tory backbenchers to line up with Jeremy Corbyn.
The Liberal Democrat Leader warns that May could come to regret not holding a Commons vote if the operation goes “very badly pear-shaped”.
She cited the attack in Salisbury: “We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised….in Syria, on the streets of the UK…
In 2013, Conservative rebels joined with Labour to sink Cameron’s plan. Might the reverse happen five years later?
Plus: For and against bombing Syria. For Andrew Neil. Against Andrew Adonis. And: not an erection in sight.
Reports this morning suggest conflict within the Government and hesitation in America. And no wonder.
Parliament’s job should be to hold the Prime Minister and Executive to account for what they have to do, rather than becoming a party to it.
The author of the newly-published Gimson’s Prime Ministers: Brief Lives from Walpole to May reflects on what holders of the office have in common – and don’t.
She also told the Commons of new sanctions, Magnitsky legislation, and additional powers to curb the activities of the Kremlin’s agents.
The Chancellor dismisses the Opposition as “Eeyores” while declaring himself “positively tigger-like” about the prospects for the economy.
The Prime Minister reports that the Foreign Secretary has summoned the Russian ambassador to account for his country’s actions.