Fewer marriages means more cohabitation, an inherently less stable relationship form. The Government risks ignoring the values of its voters.
He is one of the few elements of continuity in what has been a turbulent year at the Government’s top table.
It’s not just about there being more Tory MPs. There has been a remarkable clearout of the establishment figures.
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.
Would they actually think that, now Brexit’s done and immigration back under control, that they can return to their natural home in the Labour Party?
The Chequers Plan has been dead for some time, but Johnson has now read the funeral rites over it.
The mood of this conference has been supportive but apprehensive. And now we are finally seeing the outlines of Johnson’s negotiating plan.
The eerie atmosphere at this conference is the calm in a party which wants to come back together.
“It feeds into the narrative that anyone who doesn’t agree with No 10’s position is unpatriotic or an enemy or want the country to surrender,” warns the former Justice Secretary.
Steve Brine and Greg Clark, from whom the whip has also been removed, voted with the Government – which lost by 289 votes to 306.
Seven voted for Grieve’s motion, six voted against, and the remaining eight did not vote.
Mark Spencer is reportedly ringing round to inform them that they have lost the Whip.
Gauke, Hammond, Burt and other rebels have little intellectual case for their actions; their moral or political rationale is threadbare.
The former Justice Secretary is opposed to the suspension of Parliament, saying MPs should be sitting for more days not less.