David Cameron has never been hugely popular with the right-wing fringe of the Conservative Party, yet they tolerated him as long as they thought he was going to win. And win he did.
At Monday’s jubilant 1922 Committee meeting, Tory MPs were shocked to see Bill Cash – a key figure of the so called ‘awkward squad’ – arise to heap praise of Cameron.
‘He stood up and gave an incredibly passionate defence of the Prime Minister and said it was time for the party to unite over Europe,’ whispers one shocked loyalist MP to Mr S.
‘I’ve never heard him give such a human speech’ they continued. ‘It’s the only time he’s ever mentioned Europe and it’s been helpful.’ One wonders how long this rare outbreak of party unity can really last as the EU referendum looms.