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Her letter to the Prime Minister emphasise that ‘we agreed on just about everything apart from Brexit…I trust in your One Nation outlook’.
The Prime Minister falls 14 votes short – and says that the Bill will be paused while he speaks to EU leaders.
It’s a surprisingly large Government majority: 24 independents and 19 Labour MPs voted with the Government.
Mark Spencer has reportedly rung round to inform them that they have lost the Whip.
The new Prime Minister will inherit the worst political legacy in living memory – with the very barest of working majorities.
She says that over the past few months she has become “increasingly uncomfortable” with the rhetoric surrounding Brexit.
Margot James resigned as a minister following her rebellion. Meanwhile, the Chancellor joined Gauke and Clark in failing to support the Government.
By working closely with Government to target investment, we have rekindled that creative spark that is one again catching the eye of the world.
Plus: The Chief Whip’s swift transformation from Francis Urquhart to Mr Bean. And: why I can’t bring myself to vote Tory in the local elections.
Though there may have been extenuating circumstances – namely, contradictory instructions from Number Ten and the Whips respectively.
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.
Amidst the wreckage this morning, there are a few points of light. But that cackling noise you hear from Kensington is George Osborne laughing his head off.
If Boris Johnson wants to pursue a No Deal exit, then he will have a fight on his hands with MPs.