Theresa May is facing a Tory revolt over her efforts to fix the date of Brexit on 29 March 2019, with former attorney general Dominic Grieve saying he would vote against the amendment regardless of “blood-curdling threats” and “arm twisting” from Conservative whips.
The Conservative party has drawn up a new code of conduct for its MPs and others following claims of widespread abuse and harassment at Westminster, including a guarantee that someone independent would help investigate complaints.
Theresa May moved quickly on Thursday to fill the hole in her cabinet left by the departure of Sir Michael Fallon as defence secretary over the Westminster sleaze scandal. But the noisy backlash from her own backbenchers underlined how fragile her authority has become.
The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge are well-known for producing cabinet members and prime ministers, but which twelve cabinet ministers did not attend either institution?
Labour accused Theresa May of a “great stitch-up” after the government announced that ministers would be given 12 weeks to respond when they are defeated on motions raised by the opposition.
Tom Tugendhat, the Conservative rising star who chairs the Commons foreign affairs committee, has said it would be great to be prime minister, foreign secretary or defence secretary one day.
The government has been accused of running parliament like a cross between House of Cards and Game of Thrones after Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons, said ministers will formally respond within 12 weeks to defeats on motions raised by Labour.
Same time, same place, same speech. The humiliation is now almost complete. Five times David Davis has come back to the Commons to report on the progress of his talks with Michel Barnier, and on each occasion the Brexit secretary has had little to say.
Theresa May is preparing a new year reshuffle that could see a number of cabinet figures losing their positions in an attempt to refresh the Conservative front bench.
Dark rumours have been circulating around Westminster this week about the government whipping operation, with talk of misdemeanour lists to keep troublesome MPs in line, and alleged attempts to put pressure on those threatening to rebel on Brexit.
The leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, has said she is prepared to try to switch from Holyrood to the House of Commons by putting herself forward for a Westminster seat in the future.