Earlier this month Mr Steerpike noted that here might be some domestic troubles in one Westminster household, after MP Jack Lopestri came out in support of May’s Brexit deal – unlike Andrea Jenkyns, his Brexiteer wife.
Now it appears that Number 10 were paying attention too: today they announced that Lopestri has joined the government, as PPS to the new Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay.
But while Jenkyns took to social media to say how pleased she was that her husband was promoted, she also suggested that his talents might not be the only reason he was given the job. In fact, it might even be a ploy by the Conservative whips to cause martial strife:
Congrats on my husband's promotion/PPS to the Brexit SOS. My husband is a hard woking MP. A deserved promotion. But no doubt this is a tactic of the whips to divide & conquer. I certainly won't be silenced & will continue to fight for Britain both in Commons & now at home 🙂
— Andrea Jenkyns MP #StandUp4Brexit (@andreajenkyns) November 28, 2018
If so, Mr S suspects Jenkyns will be able to take it in her stride…