Fifty-three Conservatives opposed the tiering plan last December, the largest Covid-related rebellion to date.
There were 44 Tory abstentions – which is in the same territory as last week’s vote on the same issue.
That’s the biggest Tory revolt so far on a virus-related division, and enough potentially to defeat the Government in future.
Those who voted in favour included Fysh, Pincher and Boris Johnson. Those against, Brady, Heaton-Harris and Walker.
Mostly ERG-aligned Leavers – but roughly ten former Remainers, a core of whom now back a second referendum.
Even if the Exchange of Letters were viewed as just short of a treaty, it would be far from legally worthless.
“I have a response to the naysayers who say that it would be wrong to invest now. I say that it would be wrong to wait until the last moment.”
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Others applauded him for “straight-talking” and argued the proposal was about silencing concerns about immigration.
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.