The Christchurch MP opposes unscrutinised laws making the statute book. If Ministers are so keen on this measure, they should take it up themselves.
We currently have it at 189 declared for May, versus the 31 publicly opposed, and 93 undeclared.
The DUP also voted with the Opposition. The earlier Government amendment to the motion fell by four votes.
That said, there was more backing for her from her party than some of today’s headlines suggest.
But although the Prime Minister looked calm, Nigel Dodds, parliamentary leader of the DUP, did not.
The Eurosceptic backbencher tells the Prime Minister that “for the first time in ten years” his local grassroots refused to campaign on Saturday.
In the wake of the row over an anti-upskirting bill and Chris Chope’s objection, we re-run the author’s 2016 piece calling on the Government to act.
But at least the Leader of the Opposition touched for a moment on the economy, and reminded us of dear old Oltep.
It’s wrong to be using these fees as a stealth tax which squeezes people at times of great stress – and this legislation will leave hospitals no worse off.
The County’s seven Conservative MPs are clear that the problems are “self inflicted” due to financial mismanagement. They need to encourage new people to become councillors.
But Rees-Mogg, Jenkin and Bone indicated that her problem is not just with the DUP. It is with her own party.
A vocal Brexiteer, a vocal critic of the Government’s plans, and two newly-elected MPs (Simon Clarke and Vicky Ford) were unsuccessful in the race.
May should make a virtue of the complexity.
Matters might reach a point at which although Brexit is not blocked, orderly government becomes impossible.
The current procedures are unsustainable, unbalanced and undemocratic.