Nineteen Conservative backbenchers spoke against the policy. It’s doubtful whether a top-down targets system will pass the Commons.
These figures will change substantially in the final version of the algorithm, especially because it will take into account green belt restrictions.
We cheer the mission. But government needs more compromise, art, tact and accomodation than campaigning alone allows.
Chris Pincher, the new appointee, must stay in the post for the rest of this Parliament. It’s the only way that a strategy can be implemented properly.
We’ll continue to update this as the Prime Minister fills out the lower ranks of his government.
Now some of these MPs may have been ill, or absent, or abroad. But how many were slipped with the connivance of the system?
It is an extraordinarly inexperienced team. None of the four senior whips were appointed before July 2016, and no junior whip before June 2017.
A Brexiteer backbencher and former minister, who has not yet signalled how he intends to vote on the deal, has been knighted.
All but one of the current team has been appointed since May became Prime Minister. What institutional memory are they supposed to draw on?
Open access services have delivered lower fares, more routes, happier passengers, better trains and pose no threat to the viability of the railway.
Recent ConservativeHome authors James Wharton and Guto Bebb are present. Both expressed concern about the consequences for their areas of the offer to Scotland.
The case for Bercow as a great reformer tends to be obscured by his astonishingly bad manners.
Only the points of order raised against John Bercow by three Tory MPs struck a partisan note.
All the posts were elected unopposed – another sign of Tory MPs’ growing discipline.
Cllr Sir Merrick Cockell, Kathy Gyngell, Andrew Lilico, Christopher Pincher MP, Simon Richards and others respond to Osborne’s statement.