David Cameron addressed the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers earlier this evening. The meeting was upbeat because of the introduction of the winner of Newark by-election Robert Jenrick and brief because Cameron had to go off and see the Queen.

Cameron only took a handful of questions but all touched on Europe. Cameron defended opting back into the European Arrest Warrant, saying it was part of being touch on terrorism. He also said that he knew that there were those ‘in this room’ who wanted to leave the EU altogether but the only way you’ll get an In Out vote is with a Tory government.

Unsurprisingly, Cameron aimed plenty of fire at Miliband and Labour. He argued that while the Tories had a message for those voters who had gone off to Ukip, Labour didn’t. He also emphasised that he had a strong, competent team behind him—name checking Osborne, Hague, May and Gove’s departments. By contrast, he joked, all Miliband had behind him was Balls. Twenty years after Michael Heseltine first told a version of this joke the Tories still find it funny.

Tags: Coalition, Conservatives, David Cameron, Europe, European Arrest Warrant, Newark, Newark by-election 2014, UK politics