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.
Her letter to the Prime Minister emphasise that ‘we agreed on just about everything apart from Brexit…I trust in your One Nation outlook’.
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.
Mark Spencer is reportedly ringing round to inform them that they have lost the Whip.