The Government won the division during yesterday’s consideration of the Trade Bill by 18 votes.
The unenviable role of humourless teacher trying to discipline an impudent schoolboy was played by the Leader of the Opposition.
This rebellion had little in common with most others, but the names of many who oppose the Government now show a certain predictability.
Mostly ERG-aligned Leavers – but roughly ten former Remainers, a core of whom now back a second referendum.
Some Associations will have received ‘guidance’ from CCHQ on whether a motion passed at the National Convention can be replicated at Association AGMs. The answer, of course, is yes.
We currently have it at 189 declared for May, versus the 31 publicly opposed, and 93 undeclared.
The County’s seven Conservative MPs are clear that the problems are “self inflicted” due to financial mismanagement. They need to encourage new people to become councillors.
The Prime Minister failed to boost the fortunes of female candidates, and in other ways there is a shift away from the 2015 intake who came of age under David Cameron.
After we leave the EU, Tories should take care to maintain the alliances we have built with like-minded politicians on the continent.