Spectator: Theresa May faces the music in the Commons

When Theresa May envisaged herself giving a statement in the Commons on the Cabinet agreement made at Chequers, she didn’t expect to do so with her Brexit Secretary and Foreign Secretary no longer by her side. And so it was after a morning of high drama, a lonely Prime Minister this afternoon had to face questions from a divided party over a Brexit position she yesterday thought her Cabinet agreed upon.

It wasn’t a pleasurable experience for the beleaguered Prime Minister. Labour’s Kevin Brennan asked May whether the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg was right that 48 letters had been sent calling for a ‘no confidence’ vote. May simply said she was getting on with her job. Despite a number of hostile questions from Tory Brexiteers like Andrea Jenkins and John Baron, No 10 can at least take heart that there were some who did their best to support her and make helpful points. Tory grandee Nicholas Soames was one such. Given that he has previously supported Boris Johnson’s leadership ambitions, that was an encouraging sign.

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