Lords positions start to be appointed, as Commons roles continue to be filled by the new Prime Minister.
Posts Tagged: Whips
The 17 Conservative MPs who rebelled against the Government on prorogation – and the ministers who failed to vote
Margot James resigned as a minister following her rebellion. Meanwhile, the Chancellor joined Gauke and Clark in failing to support the Government.
From Reggie to Rory Sahib: My whip said the office is neutral for this leadership contest. Tell that to the marines.
Our elder statesman returns for the election – and writes that “the poor devil who wins will then face the same dead end as old Mrs May”.
He fills the roles vacated by Nigel Adams, and rounds out Theresa May’s latest bid to fill out at least the higher ranks of her Government.
The high-ranking whip replaces Harrington, who stepped down in March.
Seven Cabinet Ministers. Half the Whips Office. Eleven Ministers. All these failed to back the Government in yesterday’s extension vote.
Now some of these MPs may have been ill, or absent, or abroad. But how many were slipped with the connivance of the system?
May should go in mid-April. But attempts to appoint a successor uncontested will only stir further chaos in the hen coop.
The prisons minister decides to “be bold” and says that, if it comes to it, MPs should be free to express their genuine preferences on what’s next for Brexit.
She yesterday achieved the outcome most likely to prop her up – at least for the time being. But Cooper, Letwin and Bercow are waiting in the wings.
Iain Dale: Rudd, Clark, Gauke. After all their bluster about resigning, abstaining ministers took the cowardly way out
Plus: The Chief Whip’s swift transformation from Francis Urquhart to Mr Bean. And: why I can’t bring myself to vote Tory in the local elections.
The Commons votes to extend Article 50. The Government no longer supports leaving the EU on March 29.
Some will say that this is the day on which Brexit died. On which the politicians failed the people – and deliberately defied the referendum result.
He and others should resign their seats, and then face their voters if they wish, when they join a new political party – but not before.
“In my personal opinion, Olly Robbins should go to the Tower, in which case he should arrive by river.”
Drained of authority? Yes. Rudderless? Certainly. Humiliated? Absolutely. But May’s very weakness is becoming a strange strength.
She looks increasingly like the captive of pro-Remain cross-party MPs working together against the pro-Leave referendum mandate.
Chris White: May faces a huge task – and she has made it harder for herself by neglecting the Whips’ Office
It is an extraordinarly inexperienced team. None of the four senior whips were appointed before July 2016, and no junior whip before June 2017.