Our survey of the electoral battlefield kicks off with the East Midlands, where Labour and the Tories go head-to-head with minimal interference from smaller parties.
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The former Conservative MPs who have lost the Whip all abstain on the Tory attempt to force an election
Ian Austin and Ivan Lewis, former Labour MPs, both of whom tore into Jeremy Corbyn during the debate, voted with the Government
Johnson’s August 2) Finding support among opposition MPs – or at least trying to – before any no confidence vote
There are now 15 independents, plus the Change UK factions and a smattering of pro-Brexit rebel Labour MPs.
It’s the classic small party dilemma – do you accept recruits and defectors, even when they come with baggage?
The SDP analogies are all wrung dry. But nobody has looked at what a more recent insurgency can teach the new outfit.
Yes, our system favours the established parties. But it is not invulnerable to change. This could be the start of a breakthrough.
The failure of the SDP by no means proves that a new movement of this kind is doomed to failure.
Henry Newman: A new bout of political instability hits Labour – but does it change the Brexit arithmetic?
At least four Tory MPs have apparently been placed on defection watch including Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Richard Harrington.
Ten initial thoughts on today’s announcement by Umunna and his colleagues.
“We absolutely oppose this Conservative Government… [but] in all conscience, we can no longer knock on doors and support a Government led by Jeremy Corbyn”.
“We are leaving the Labour Party to sit as the Independent Group of Members of Parliament.” Launch statement – full text
“Labour… is passive in circumstances of international humanitarian distress; is hostile to businesses large and small; and threatens to destabilise the British economy”.
The Conservative Brexit choice. Seek to park the UK in the EEA under a new Tory leader. Or press on.
If Tory MPs think that No Deal would collapse Brexit altogether, or that it would be unmanageable next March, they need a Plan B. But we stress: if.
The Government is in crisis. MPs need to ponder deeply should be done for the best. That means not quitting Westminster this week.
If there is a Commons vote on Syria, the willingness of Labour rebels to support action could make all the difference
In 2013, Conservative rebels joined with Labour to sink Cameron’s plan. Might the reverse happen five years later?
The decision represented a decisive endorsement of a particular plan – not a return to Tony Blair-style liberal internationalism.
Two pieces of bad news for Labour: Lord Sugar quits the party, and Chris Leslie becomes Shadow Chancellor
Apparently the Apprentice boss sees no chance of the Opposition ditching its anti-business stance.