Margot James resigned as a minister following her rebellion. Meanwhile, the Chancellor joined Gauke and Clark in failing to support the Government.
He won’t be drawn on the method by which this might be achieved – or whether they might include a no confidence vote.
His campaign was slow to start, and sometimes misfired. But he found his voice, is part of a Johnson future – and is back on the up.
The Government won by 11 votes, 298 to 309, in a setback for Letwin – though the result doesn’t guarantee No Deal any more than a vote the other way would barred it.
So no more dropouts after Sam Gyimah’s departure earlier this afternoon. The first ballot will be held on Thursday.
The second referendum supporter appears to be the latest person culled by the 1922 Committee’s higher nomination threshold.
The former Universities Minister stakes out his ground in the leadership race.
A general election is rolling down the tracks. And he is the man best placed to see off Corbyn and Farage.
He is a candidate who offers radical yet practical solutions in the short-term and has the best chance to bring back a focus on unity and traditional Conservative values.
He is set to cakewalk this contest if his colleagues in the Commons put his name before the members.
Each week, we’ll be summarising the announcements made by those vying to succeed May as Prime Minister.
Each week, our panel of John O’Sullivan, Rachel Wolf, Trevor Phillips, Tim Montgomerie and Marcus Roberts will analyse and assess what’s happening.
The vocation of the front-runner is not to mess up. And he hasn’t. Indeed, he has picked up support – and upped the pace.
Plus: Sympathy for the Downing Street SpAds. The case for chemical castration. And: my interviews with the Tory leadership candidates.
He leaves the field as the 1922 Committee agrees and announces rules for the conduct of the election.