Fifty-three Conservatives opposed the tiering plan last December, the largest Covid-related rebellion to date.
We owe it to the young people of this country, who have sacrificed so much, not to saddle their country with debt which they will then have to repay.
Fox floated a new Parliamentary committee to “determine that decisions across all parts of Government have been taken on the best available evidence”.
That’s the biggest Tory revolt so far on a virus-related division, and enough potentially to defeat the Government in future.
These are early shots in the developing Tory backbench campaign against the restrictions, which are set to gain volume and velocity.
The priority must be to get rid of the virus – anything to jeopardise that could push travel even further way.
He would not conciliate the Liaison Committee by promising to meet it three times a year, let alone by holding an inquiry into Cummings.
Ellwood to chair the Defence Committee. Tugendhat to chair Foreign Affairs. Hunt to chair Health and Social Care.
But there is method in his madness.
Plus: I’m still backing Brexit. The Independent Group’s Tory targets. And: it’s a disgrace that public money is being spent on the European elections.
Addressing a pro-EU rally, the aide to the Chancellor says he did not come into politics to do things which he believes are wrong.
Several Ministers helped to see off the Government’s best hope of avoiding a full-on crisis in the Party – and perhaps of saving Brexit too.
Seema Kennedy becomes the Prime Minister’s second PPS. Brexiteer Kwasi Kwarteng is PPS to Philip Hammond. And much, much more.