Local pride in towns like Blyth is wounded at every turn by evidence of neglect, shoddiness and former greatness.
Ronnie Campbell added that “this country is fed up with Parliament…it’s time we got a deal, and got it through.”
There are now 15 independents, plus the Change UK factions and a smattering of pro-Brexit rebel Labour MPs.
The Government won by 11 votes, 298 to 309, in a setback for Letwin – though the result doesn’t guarantee No Deal any more than a vote the other way would barred it.
The amendment was seen off by 314-312, so the six votes from the Opposition benches made all the difference.
The role of these MPs in pro-Leave seats abstaining on or voting against the Cooper amendment in defiance of the whip was crucial.
The Government is suggesting that it will make little difference in practical terms – but opposed it for symbolic and political reasons.
With the Bill expected to return in the week of 11th June, the Government is weighing up which amendments must be fought and which could be defeated.
The Government won by 326 votes to 290. Ken Clarke voted against the Programme Motion – the only Tory vote against the Bill earlier today.
Nicky Morgan also didn’t vote, along with Ben Howlett and Nick Herbert.
You, Dessie, are fighting fit with all that swimming in the Serpentine, bike riding and tennis. Soames and I admire you from the lounge bar.
With shameless courage the Deputy Prime Minister exposed Labour’s vacuity