If it happens, he must not just win but keep the backing of the DUP, Spartans, Labour rebels and as many of the whipless 21 as he can – and stave off a referendum too.
We can begin to see how a deal can now be agreed and then pass Parliament. But the obstacles are still formidable.
An obscure, unused agreement struck by Cameron and the 1922 Committee back in 2006 is set to come into play.
It’s time to grasp the real message of the 2016 referendum: that universal suffrage has been a mistake of historic proportions.
Yesterday’s Downing Street briefing and the plight of the Brexit talks suggest that he will ultimately settle for extension. That could be fatal – not least for him.
And Tories have known since Thatcher’s time that climate change has to be taken seriously.
Grieve’s intention of standing in the seat as an independent makes it a test case for early selection – and local choice.
MPs would thus become the elected equivalents of the welfare scroungers of tabloid legend – dragging the reputation of Parliament even deeper into the mud.
At first glance, his quest for the city’s mayoralty as an independent is merely eccentric. But it is also a logical next step for an ambitious man who is above all a soloist.
The Chequers Plan has been dead for some time, but Johnson has now read the funeral rites over it.
The vehement Prime Minister of last week today transformed himself into a master of the soft word that turneth away wrath.
Had the Benn Act not been passed, his negotiating position, as he presents his new plan, would be much stronger.
The Prime Minister demonstrated his abounding vitality, and his love of teasing the prigs who oppose him.
There is a sense with all Johnson speeches that he is somehow parodying a politician making a one – that the whole thing is done tongue-in-cheek.
The mood of this conference has been supportive but apprehensive. And now we are finally seeing the outlines of Johnson’s negotiating plan.
The Health Secretary answered questions about the NHS with equal confidence.
The eerie atmosphere at this conference is the calm in a party which wants to come back together.
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.
The Defence Secretary confirmed that he has scrapped the zero-tolerance approach to drug-taking in the armed forces, and commanding officers now have discretion.
Brexiteers retain their stranglehold on the top of the chart, but there is a general downward drift. Is it a foretaste of what might happen if we fail to leave the EU next month?
Ministers proclaim that social reform is patriotic.
It is possible that, in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court ruling on prorogation, they are a kind of advance indicator: seven out of ten respondents want change.
The Foreign Secretary trod gingerly in Heseltine’s footsteps, while the Leader of the House presented the theatre of politics.
The Benn Act and the Supreme Court verdict have clearly had a very substantial impact on expectations.
ConservativeHome finds a sense of defiance and determination in Downing Street. But what’s its escape route from the Benn Act?
It sets the scene as the Conservative Conference opens by showing what the voters themselves make of the unfolding drama.
Complaints from broadcasters and the media about language are synthetic and hypocritical. The real issue is that delaying the General Election is indefensible.
Would we deploy the phrase in a similar way to the Prime Minister yesterday? The answer is that we wouldn’t. Here’s why.
When he declared that “the first consideration of a minister should be the health of the people”, he was beginning to map out an election-winning mass appeal.
Its verdict fundamentally misunderstands Parliamentary Sovereignty – thus raising big questions about the future of the judiciary and the stability of our constitution.