It follows that any Tory MP voting with Corbyn would thus be deprived of the whip, and ineligible to stand as a Party candidate in any election that followed.
Though if May moves Philip Hammond, or seeks to, she is also likely to move Boris Johnson, or try to.
As an Under-Secretary of State, he will have to negotiate with the Chancellor, who is reluctant to commit large-scale resources to planning for No Deal.
Labour’s Richard Burden swam against the tide, not least from his Party’s front bench, in the Commons yesterday over the Race Disparity Audit.
Twenty four per cent of Bale’s Tory respondents were between 18 and 44, four points lower than the number of his Labour respondents of the same age.
Some people believe that it doesn’t matter if we stay in the EU de facto during such a time. This is not the view of ConHome’s respondents.
The Government needs to make a decision on our post-Brexit economic model, reinvigorate the Conservatives in office – and win the votes of the next generation.
May’s damaged authority is having a beneficial side-effect – namely, freeing Tory MPs to think aloud about the Party’s future.
We have our reservations about the Foreign Secretary, but concede that he alone, of those Ministers who spoke this week, made the Tory message sing.
The Prime Minister must explain today how reforming the system will deliver more gains for workers and familes than tearing it up.
His sedulously-crafted speech wasn’t so much a crowd-pleaser as a big argument about Britain, Brexit – and the future.
“Other” is second, Rees-Mogg third, and Davis fourth. The shape of the results is very similar to that of a recent YouGov poll.
That’s a slight movement against the Prime Minister staying on as Party leader (and in office).
The most startling element is its one big dive outside the workings of the Tory machine: he wants the leader’s powers to draw up the manifesto to be reined in.
After last June’s manifesto debacle, the temptation is to abandon all hope of reform altogether. But doing nothing is not an option.