This is a carefully-calibrated balancing exercise that honours two rebels who have recently come home.
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.
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.