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Ordinary voters have the luxury of damning our representatives without facing up to the contradictions and trade-offs of democratic government.
You might think that it’s fine to work as a nurse or an army reservist, but not as a consultant. Who gets to decide, though?
Conservative MPs who have returned to the NHS front line to help tackle the virus include Maria Caulfield and Caroline Johnson.
Here’s our best stab at who is voting for whom, and this list will be updated each morning, as the contest continues.
The Conservative Women in Parliament Group’s letter to all the candidates in the leadership election.
Philip Davies, a famously long-standing and committed Brexiteer, is among their number.
As the Prime Minister herself has said, we need to see meaningful, legally-binding changes to the Withdrawal Agreement, removing the backstop.
The Party has not yet cultivated a formal relationship with the Irish community in Britain and this is an opportunity to reach out to what can be a powerful network.
We currently have it at 189 declared for May, versus the 31 publicly opposed, and 93 undeclared.
Meanwhile, the Government has quietly been appointing more trade emissaries during the last few months.
That the MP for Corby feels able to accept an office vacated over opposition to Chequers illustrates division amongst the Brexiteers.
That’s ten gone from the front bench or CCHQ – and it would be surprising were there not more today.
Is the Witney MP’s decision a one-off, or part of a co-ordinated plan – with more to come? Downing Street and the Whips will be searching for an answer.
Both gave Downing Street the opportunity to assuage their concerns about Chequers, but still found the policy unacceptable.
Four members from the 2019 intake make the top 50, beating longer-serving and higher-ranked colleagues.