It says it all, really, that an older male Tory MP should object to outlawing a sexual crime which makes use of twenty-first century technology.
It knows that it can continue the policy of staying out of the institutions in Belfast and London without damaging its long-term strategy. Unionists need them to work.
Looking back, 55 years of Liberal and Liberal Democrat by-election success looks less important than UKIP’s two-year surge.
The first article in our new mini-series, in which female Conservative MPs share the stories of their journeys into politics, comes from the MP for Copeland.
Political parties and online computer games are not the same, but one sector is seeing massive year on year growth and the other, quite frankly, isn’t.
Plus: What it was like being gay and a Tory – and being sexually assaulted in the “Brief Encounter” – during the vanished world of the 1990s.
Plus: Nigel Farage steps into my shoes; life after gangs; and the absurd Remainer response to the Government’s Brexit papers.
Such a generational shift in peacetime is remarkable, and strengthens the case for a member of a recent intake to succeed the Prime Minister.
Here are four rules to guide us all through the next few years, including: don’t die unless you have a majority of over 25,000.
After 75 years of the latter’s strategy, most people in Copeland faced a choice of either working for the nuclear industry or being without a job.
ITV: “Have you at any point this morning looked in the mirror and asked yourself this question – could the problem actually be me?” Corbyn: “No.”
Plus: Labour goes all Smethwick in Copeland. And: Sky News dumbs down at breakfast.
Join me and hundreds of other Conservatives helping their campaigns: I know from my own by-election fight how very close they can be.
Plus: Unemployment is down. Productivity is up. Wages are up. Despite Brexit. Despite Brexit. Despite Brexit…
It’s still winnable, but there are warning signs for the wider Party and its leadership.