The Prime Minister is in full command of the facts, but has no idea how to raise morale among his despondent backbenchers.
The decision involves children, parents, schools and doctors, and has implications for rights, mental health, responsibilities and culture – as well as the management of a restive parliamentary party.
The A list and its successors haven’t kept a golden generation out of Parliament. Many of those who might have made it up aren’t putting themselves forward for selection in the first place.
Almost sixteen years after he left office, the long shadow of Tony Blair still looms over British politics. It’s time to step out of it.
There is no time for writing yet more reports about Child Sexual Exploitation: the Government wishes to show it is now going to act.
The new Home Secretary wants to uphold traditional British means of maintaining liberty and the rule of law.
Though it’s hard to see how he can find a seat before the next general election – given the hazardous nature of by-elections.
Zahawi must act to prevent “ideological race materials” being rolled out in schools by left-wing councils and others.
Here’s our best stab at who is voting for whom, and this list will be updated each morning, as the contest continues.
Philip Davies, a famously long-standing and committed Brexiteer, is among their number.
It may have produced Anna Soubry – but it also gave us a mixed cross-section of Tories, including Conor Burns, Esther McVey, Priti Patel and Liz Truss.
We have the full list from the New Progressive Democratic Liberal National Coalition Party – including a three-way Northern Ireland jobshare.
It is an extraordinarly inexperienced team. None of the four senior whips were appointed before July 2016, and no junior whip before June 2017.