It’s not just about there being more Tory MPs. There has been a remarkable clearout of the establishment figures.
By creating a kind of firewall between her take on Brexit and her view of everything else, she has kept her head at a time when too many others are losing theirs.
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.
She claims that there has been entryism – though the relationship between MP and activists has been bad for some time.
The start of the debate on the Queen’s Speech showed how the general election will be fought.
Steve Brine and Greg Clark, from whom the whip has also been removed, voted with the Government – which lost by 289 votes to 306.
Mark Spencer is reportedly ringing round to inform them that they have lost the Whip.