I believe I am the right person to deliver a renewed Committee that can serve the best interests of voters up and down the country.
A decision is expected when the Executive committee meets this week, and the poll itself is due to take place after June 21.
Should he be handcuffed under public restraint, like a suspect watched by Priti Patel? Or freed to run wild through Alpine meadows, like Julie Andrews?
O’Brien has arrived to find the MP for Havant already in place, who though not a former think tank head is no policy slouch.
Finding a new Chief of Staff is only the start of the changes that Johnson needs to make his government work.
Our latest survey finds that nine in ten Party members support such a move – a total that this latest news is unlikely to have reduced.
It’s important to have advisers, but “advisers advise and Ministers decide” – because the latter are accountable to the rest of us.
The Brady amendment is part of the developing story of a clash between leaders and backbenchers over Party management, culture and MPs’ status.
The Chairman of the 1922 Committee’s Executive is an enemy of rule by decree and a stern upholder of parliamentary scrutiny
There can only be one explanation: that the internal polling is dire. If this event doesn’t move it, resignation inches a step closer.
Assuming no new revelations or his adviser’s resignation, he can either tough it out or order an inquiry.
But there is no simple split between the Left and Right of the Party, and no sense of rebellion, at least yet.
Plus: And a Coronavirus Social Justice Minister. Give thanks for Starmer. And: it’s time for a Virtual Parliament.
Blackman and Latham were elected Joint Secretaries. Further details as and when we have them.
Conservative backbenchers must choose today between two candidates who at first glance at least have much in common.