But the collapse of the Tory manifesto social care plan, plus the Government’s lack of a workable Commons majority, all but rule out radical change to the system.
Some would-be rebels switched sides at the last minute, while at least three others abstained.
Then come Redwood and Tugendhat to make up the top five. Four of the top ten have been in the Commons for less than three years.
“All of us in this House should have due care and attention to the way in which we refer to other people.”
The former education secretary claims a “very senior Cabinet minister” has told her how appalled ‘she’ is at the infighting.
May’s damaged authority is having a beneficial side-effect – namely, freeing Tory MPs to think aloud about the Party’s future.
We pick out five items from it which may be of special interest to our readers and others who will attend.
“Those who say that there wouldn’t be a problem aren’t listening to exporters and employers.”
She makes this case in her first publication, but is far too anxious never to cause anyone in the educational establishment any offence.
Clarke, Grieve, Morgan, Soubry, Neill, Stephen Hammond, Wollaston, Sandbach and Lefroy back major changes to the Bill (as do some Brexiteers)
What counts most is opposition to a Bill or to parts of it. And most Tory criticisms of the EU Withdrawal Bill aren’t coming from the Brexiteers.
Plus: investment increasing, Heseltine declining. Listen to Farage – especially if you disagree with him. And: Activate sounds like dermatological face cream.
We now have eleven runners and riders in our Next Tory Leader section…with another 15 candidates standing by. Watch this space.
Plus: The decline of books. Morgan sees off the cult of Mogg. Why I won’t fly RyanAir. And: As I reach a significant birthday, I mull writing my autobiography…
They already elect their chairmen and there will be fewer trips abroad – at least when the Commons is sitting. That means more scrutiny of what Ministers are up to.