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.
Posts Tagged: Whips
“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.
Richard Aikens and Anna Bailey: Fact-checking the dubious Withdrawal Agreement arguments being put to MPs
As ever, the facts and the spin tell crucially different stories. Parliamentarians should focus on the former.
A Brexiteer backbencher and former minister, who has not yet signalled how he intends to vote on the deal, has been knighted.
Francois “was chosen specifically to send a signal from one of life’s natural whips to the current ones,” we are told.
The Prime Minister completes the mini-reshuffle she started last week. Will she now give the new appointees a chance to grow into the role?
All but one of the current team has been appointed since May became Prime Minister. What institutional memory are they supposed to draw on?
Plus: Those who worked with him at Vote Leave have a duty of care to Darren Grimes. And: Don’t try to out-stare Raab.
If change was needed at the whips’ office, it isn’t at all clear why it was this change.
Since claims that he ordered pairs to be broken aren’t being denied, he must go.
The Opposition Chief Whip is reported to have “physically intimidated” MPs, but was “ignored” nonetheless.
Plus: Shame on the Conservative whips. And away with Julian Assange: most of us would happily pay his airfare.
The Brexit Secretary has taken control of the Government’s dealings with Grieve – for the moment, anyway. Watch for further twists and turns.