He has effectively been treated as being guilty, which he may or may not be, before the claim has been investigated. This offends natural justice.
Most of the action has been over Covid-related divisions. And most of the dissenters are from older intakes.
The Government won the division during yesterday’s consideration of the Trade Bill by 18 votes.
It has a constructive role to play, supporting artistic creativity without interfering with content.
This rebellion had little in common with most others, but the names of many who oppose the Government now show a certain predictability.
The tellers for the Noes were Christopher Chope and Chris Green. The last major Tory rebellion against Government Covid policy was 53 strong.
We’re now on Day Four of the controversy. This list began on Day Two and continues. One Minister has resigned from the Government.
They included seven former Cabinet Ministers, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and the Chairman of the 1922 Executive Committee.
On the surface, this intake looks different from those that have preceded it – and is in some respects. But beneath it, this is in many ways a very traditional Tory group.
We continue our post-match inspection of our battleground profiles with the Liberal Democrat graveyard of the South West.