Three Conservative backbenchers, and then most damagingly the recently resigned Health Secretary, told the Prime Minister it was time to go.
Completing the regeneration of Longbridge would be a powerful example of Conservative policy actively “levelling up” the economy.
People were tired of MPs talking tough, and delivering little change. But all that has changed with the Home Secretary’s new measures.
That’s the biggest Tory revolt so far on a virus-related division, and enough potentially to defeat the Government in future.
This decision reiterates the political importance of the UK’s cities to our party – and we must aim for a blue-led council in 2022.
Both men sit broadly on the centre-right of the Parliamentary Party. That there is no candidate from the centre-left is a sign of internal change.