There are some brilliant MPs, who go above and beyond. But the majority have hardly covered themselves in glory over Brexit.
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In over six hours of meetings, officials tried to make the tyres fall off the Malthouse Compromise, and couldn’t do so.
He points out that there appears to be far from complete agreement amongst the defectors about why they have left or what they stand for.
The Environment Secretary says that the priority is securing a deal which can “avert either no Brexit, or no deal.”
Rachel Wolf: On policy, it’s not the Independent Group that’s driven to the margins. It’s the Conservative Right.
The new group’s platform is not very inspiring. But its biggest problem is it they won’t be very different from the Conservatives’.
It may have produced Anna Soubry – but it also gave us a mixed cross-section of Tories, including Conor Burns, Esther McVey, Priti Patel and Liz Truss.
Blukip! Purple Momentum! But…the big problem with Tory entryism claims is that there’s no evidence that they’re true
When asked for it, the three MPs presented none. The reason is simple: this supposedly sinister entryist army does not exist.
Plus: In news elsewhere, a luxury women’s health spa in Belgravia – with annual membership fees of £5,500 – this week blamed Brexit for its closure.
The defectors are wrong. The Conservatives aren’t shifting to the right. They are mired in the mixed middle.
No less than the ERG, the group of three sees everything through the prism of Brexit – which, let it not be forgotten, they voted to support themselves.
But their deputies look stricken, while the defectors are rejuvenated.
WATCH: The Prime Minister hasn’t delivered the promise she made on the steps of Downing Street, says Wollaston
“The Party that was once the most trusted on the economy is no marching us towards the cliff edge of a no deal Brexit
We regret the Party being less broad a tent than it did this morning. But the position of these MPs had become impossible – and intolerable.
They move from the Government side of the chamber to the Opposition one to sit with the Independent Group.
May responds: “I am saddened… But by delivering on our manifesto commitment we are doing the right thing for our country.”
“I am determined that under my leadership the Conservative Party will always offer the decent, moderate and patriotic politics that the people of this country deserve.”
The Group of Three’s full resignation letter: “We no longer feel we can remain in the Party…so firmly in the grip of the ERG and DUP.”
“There is a failure of politics in general, not just in the Conservative Party but in both main parties as they move to the fringes.”