If Downing Street doesn’t grip the campaign against Patel by allies of her Permanent Secretary and others, it may spiral out of control.
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He is one of the few elements of continuity in what has been a turbulent year at the Government’s top table.
It’s not just about there being more Tory MPs. There has been a remarkable clearout of the establishment figures.
The ignorance of many MPs and ministers towards the state of seaside communities is particularly surprising as coastal constituencies elect a quarter of all MPs.
The Prime Minister falls 14 votes short – and says that the Bill will be paused while he speaks to EU leaders.
It’s a surprisingly large Government majority: 24 independents and 19 Labour MPs voted with the Government.
She explains: “I didn’t vote for an extension , I voted for an insurance policy against no deal… I support the Prime Minister’s deal.”
Our guestimate of the numbers. Letwin’s amendment should pass. But were Johnson’s deal voted on, it would be too close to call.
On a vote on the deal, our calculation is that the Government will lose by two – though that bypasses abstentions. But such a vote is very unlikely today,
The eight MPs from whom the Conservative whip was removed who voted today against a conference recess
Steve Brine and Greg Clark, who have also been deprived of the whip, voted with the Government – which lost by 289 votes to 306.
Would a system of more proportional representation have seen our institutions better able to respect the results of elections?
The fundamental mistake of the Brexiteers domestically is that they have mistaken a moral argument for a political one.
The data for this was collected before the Government’s string of Commons defeats – next month’s may look rather different.
Javid pips Johnson and Rees-Mogg to the top of the podium in our first Cabinet League Table of the new Government
Meanwhile Ruth Davidson, so often one of the highest-scoring politicians, is at the bottom of the chart after her row with Johnson and strong line against No Deal.
A rolling list of all the senior members of the new Government. As we write, we have the Cabinet list plus those entitled to attend.
Johnson’s shuffle. If one asks for decisiveness – for an end to drift – don’t complain when it’s delivered.
We have the Government that we should have had then, ready to counter the charge that Vote Leave scurried away from Brexit, rather than manning up to deliver it.