Blue-on-blue fire over the Government’s pulling of the meaningful vote which was due today.
Posts Tagged: David Lidington MP
WATCH: Lidington fires “home truths” at both Conservative and Labour critics of the Prime Minister’s deal
Theresa May’s deputy dismissed WTO Brexit, Norway, Canada, and a second referendum in short order.
He defended the absent Prime Minister with decency and moderation, but neither Labour nor Conservative MPs were persuaded.
Is she chickening out on Brexit? Or playing chicken with Commons and Party over her deal? Or merely a headless chicken herself – bent on daily survival?
Drained of authority? Yes. Rudderless? Certainly. Humiliated? Absolutely. But May’s very weakness is becoming a strange strength.
She looks increasingly like the captive of pro-Remain cross-party MPs working together against the pro-Leave referendum mandate.
ConHome’s Cabinet League Table. Everyone’s rating is down – and half of the top table is now in negative territory. Worst ever results.
Not for the faint-hearted. Contains intense violence, blood and gore, strong language and Philip Hammond.
Johnson. Distrusted by Conservative MPs. Clung to by Party members. He extends his lead in our Next Tory Leader survey.
It may be that the former Foreign Secretary has become a kind of comfort blanket in bewilderingly unpredictable times.
Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: Cox delivers a majestic counterblast to all those who think the Brexit deal is a sell-out
The Attorney-General gave an electrifying performance as he refused to publish the advice he has given to ministers.
Never have the Prime Minister’s colleagues looked more despondent, but her backbenchers refrained from trying to defenestrate her.
We have occasionally seen precipitous falls in Cabinet members’ scores. Vertiginous rises are rarer. Indeed, it is hard to think of a jump quite like it.
ConHome’s survey. Next Tory leader. Johnson leads Javid by less than a point – after Davis tears a chunk off his support.
Progress in this chart is invariably linked to media coverage – of which the former Brexit Secretary has had lots recently and the former Foreign Secretary less.
The German Chancellor was stronger then than she is now. And there’s no guarantee that any compromise she might push would work.
For all the talk of May being pushed towards a Canada-type deal, there is currently no majority around the top table for any Chequers alternative.
Our Next Tory Leader survey. Javid is up and Johnson down slightly – but the latter retains a double-figure lead.
No other entrant has more than ten per cent of the vote, though Hunt is almost there.
In all, there are 30 new entries in the whole list, one down on last year and two down on the 2016 record of 33.