She may appear to present a softer target than he does, but she has never been afraid of fighting her corner.
If the Housing Secretary is to survive, he will have to learn the art of sometimes saying no to property developers such as Richard Desmond.
This compilation of some of the terms he has used shows how, while rising to national leadership, he reassured outsiders that he was still one of them.
There is still some fallout from the Away Day. The cabaret is always toe-curlingly embarrassing – and this year’s was no exception.