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If she insists on a functioning Assembly before a no-deal Brexit, why on earth would Sinn Fein oblige her?
Some have stepped down due to scandal or ill-health, but the overwhelming majority are down to policy disagreements with the Government.
It is a telling sign that several PPS positions – usually the first step on the ladder for ambitious MPs – have gone unfilled since November.
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PS: We make that 28 Spartans and six Remainers. The Prime Minister won only nine votes from across the floor, and lost the DUP.
Seven Cabinet Ministers. Half the Whips Office. Eleven Ministers. All these failed to back the Government in yesterday’s extension vote.
Now some of these MPs may have been ill, or absent, or abroad. But how many were slipped with the connivance of the system?
Indicative votes 8) Customs Union. 33 Conservatives for. 235 against. It was the option that came closest to passing.
Those who voted in favour included Clarke, Herbert and Mitchell. Those against, Hollinrake, Lee and Norman.
Those for included Bebb, Jo Johnson and Merriman. Those against, Collins, Keegan and Prentice.
It favours “a permanent customs union”, “close alignment with the Single Market” and “dynamic alignment on rights and protections”.
Those who voted in favour included Fysh, Pincher and Boris Johnson. Those against, Brady, Heaton-Harris and Walker.
Those for included Eustace, Fallon and Percy. Those against, Dowden, Quin and Skidmore.
The sixteen possible Brexit options tabled for this evening’s indicative votes. Now complete with Speaker’s selection of eight.
His choice: amendments from Baron, Boles, Eustace, Clarke, Corbyn, Cherry, Beckett, Fysh.
“Cooper? Who is Cooper? My name is Grieve Incognito.”