Heaton-Harris was appointed to rescue the Government’s whipping operation. The last 48 hours have not suggested that is going well.
The row over the Northern Ireland Protocol must not be allowed to poison co-operation with our continental partners on defence against Russia.
Policy drift following the collapse of the Union Unit shows the danger of Downing Street losing its grip on a process.
For the Party to take it off him is one thing; for the Government to recast the committee, or try to, would be quite another.
Some of its problems can be fixed. Others won’t be. And one perhaps can’t be: namely, that this Parliament seems to be incapable of saying No.
She says Labour whip had to resign from the Opposition frontbench after admitting a breach of the lockdown rules with her boyfriend.
There will be some bruised personalities on the backbenches who will need careful managing over the next few months, and I hear that Spencer is already on the job.
The Chief Whip is a farmer who recognises that “a lame ewe needs to be put down”.
This new government seems to want to concentrate its energies on giving Britain a cutting edge. Will it succeed where others have failed?
Despite early talk, the Prime Minister’s foes have not adopted a common policy, strategy, or branding and are thus fighting forlorn individual battles.
If it happens, he must not just win but keep the backing of the DUP, Spartans, Labour rebels and as many of the whipless 21 as he can – and stave off a referendum too.
The key test seems to be whether or not an MP is prepared to pledge their full support to the Conservative manifesto at the next election.
She also repeats Amber Rudd’s assertion that the Government is no longer actively pursuing a deal.
The Foreign Secretary makes the case for the Prime Minister’s controversial decision to remove the whip from MPs who rebelled on Benn.