There is more sympathy across the House for the Prime Minister than one would guess from the headlines.
Posts Tagged: Steve Baker MP
No way forward is without risk at this stage. But the least hazardous course is for the Party to step out soon with a new leader.
A Remainer parliament will never be willing to properly implement Brexit. And there is only one other decision-making body: the people.
Hers or Letwins? That’s what the choice is narrowing down to. From the point of view of trust in politics, how MPs vote will now make little difference – if any.
A dedicated band of Conservative pro-Brexit holdouts stands ready to perish rather than let May’s deal pass.
A functioning Government would whip for Malthouse Two – the plan backed by Steve Baker, Nicky Morgan, Iain Duncan Smith, Damian Green, Simon Hart and others.
Mostly ERG-aligned Leavers – but roughly ten former Remainers, a core of whom now back a second referendum.
I welcome the suggestion that local Associations should follow the lead that the National Convention took last weekend.
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.
Perhaps we will find out today why Downing Street and the whips stuck with a motion that risked revolt by ERG members and second referendum backers alike.
The implication is that the Government would win more votes if it kept the ERG happy.
The former Brexit Secretary warns of the danger that MPs will believe the Government has not even demanded the necessary concessions from Brussels.
Henry Newman: Beyond Malthouse. Which compromises would be feasible and acceptable to secure a deal?
It is still possible to find a landing zone that would be acceptable for the EU and to Eurosceptics.
Plus: My exclusive insight into that May Corbyn summit. Why does the BBC indulge Brok? And: Cooper trooper – not so super.
Details of the proposals negotiated to try to bring the Conservative Party together.