To the disappointment of Conservative MPs and the delight of Labour politicians, Amber Rudd has resigned as Home Secretary – but the best politicians can always clutch victory from the jaws of defeat. Or at least that appears to be what Anna Soubry is trying to do. The arch-Remainer has taken to social media to lament Rudd’s passing – praising her ‘great courage and immense ability’. Soubry goes on to add that she will give her a ‘huge welcome on to our back benches’:
V sorry that @AmberRuddHR has resigned. She is a woman of great courage & immense ability. Amber will be missed in many ways. We’ll give her a huge welcome on to our back benches. If there is any justice she will soon return to the highest of office. Proud to call her my friend.
— Anna Soubry MP (@Anna_Soubry) April 29, 2018
Rudd, of course, pretty much led the Remain campaign by the end and acquitted herself with distinction during the debates. So there’s no doubt where her sympathies lie. Might Soubry be trying to tempt Remain-voting Rudd to join the Brexit awkward squad in the naughty corner?