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.
An obscure, unused agreement struck by Cameron and the 1922 Committee back in 2006 is set to come into play.
Never before has so much material been assembled from such a wealth of sources about the Leader of the House.
Clarke delivered an attack which recalled Howe’s on Thatcher.
“Mr Speaker I am not standing at the next election, and I am thus approaching the end of 37 years service to this House.”
Mark Spencer has reportedly rung round to inform them that they have lost the Whip.
Plus: I’ve never thought a national unity government is a runner, and I think it’s even less likely now.
Walking away will neither avoid a Jeremy Corbyn government or make Boris Johnson govern as a liberal Tory.
There are all these ghastly photos of them hugging passers by and avoiding difficult questions.
Here’s our best stab at who is voting for whom, and this list will be updated each morning, as the contest continues.
But a schoolboy was delighted to meet Theresa May.
Of course, many of the sacked ministers – Fallon, Mitchell, Shapps and a dozen others are hoping for preferment under a Boris administration.
Our elder statesman returns for the election – and writes that “the poor devil who wins will then face the same dead end as old Mrs May”.