Backbenchers

Cameron attempts to buy off Eurosceptics with delayed EU referendum date

16 June 2015 9:17

David Cameron appears to have made two concessions to his Eurosceptic backbenchers over the EU referendum. Firstly, the referendum vote won’t…

The ‘backbenchers’ champion’ is back

18 May 2015 15:31

John Bercow has just been re-elected unopposed as Speaker of the House of Commons. Those who had been hoping to…

The growing campaign against John Bercow’s choice for Commons clerk

22 August 2014 13:03

The campaign against Speaker Bercow’s plan to appoint Carol Mills as Clerk of the House is growing on the Tory…

Will David Cameron delay the reshuffle to prolong MPs’ good behaviour?

11 June 2014 17:27

After addressing the 1922 Committee this evening, David Cameron will be holding a reception at Number 10 for the good…

What does pay row mean for Cameron’s relations with his MPs?

11 December 2013 16:14

Tory backbenchers are in an odd mood after PMQs. They weren’t happy about the leaders agreeing so readily on their…

Will Tories rebel again over the lobbying bill?

3 September 2013 17:52

MPs will vote on the second reading of the unpopular lobbying bill at around 7pm. It has not had a…

MPs didn’t want to kick Cameron, but they didn’t want to trust him either

30 August 2013 10:48

One of the lines doing the rounds this morning in the post-mortem of what this means for David Cameron’s leadership…

Gove for leader?

22 June 2012 13:00

Michael Gove’s name is being muttered in parliamentary tea rooms, figuratively at least. The leak of his plans to replace…

Danger in the Lords

19 June 2012 17:30

Opponents of an elected House of Lords have been flexing their muscles in the last few days. Yesterday, Archie Hamilton,…

Winning back lost ground

3 June 2012 18:15

In a bid to make Tory MPs feel more involved, Downing Street is inviting small groups of them to see…

May backs gay marriage

24 May 2012 17:14

So Theresa May has voiced her support for same-sex marriage, joining Lynne Featherstone, Yvette Cooper and the PM’s Parliamentary Private…

A matter of conscience

22 May 2012 18:19

Personally, I’m in favour of gay marriage. But it is precisely the kind of issue that should be subject to…

The battle for the ’22

14 May 2012 18:40

Elections to the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers have always been a test of the relative strengths of the right…

Cameron tries to reassure his backbenchers ahead of the Queen’s Speech

9 May 2012 9:05

The newspapers are awash with articles previewing today’s Queen’s Speech, but few stand out as much as James Chapman’s interview…

Cameron faces a political storm

7 May 2012 16:56

For the Cameroons, the political weather at the moment is about as appealing as the prospect of a Bank Holiday…

The Tories air their grievances

4 May 2012 12:48

In my unscientific canvass of Tory opinion this morning, there have been a couple of consistent themes. There’s a lot…

Modernisation comes to the 1922 Committee

30 April 2012 8:21

Christopher Chope is the only officer of the 1922 Committee who will be challenged by the 301 Group backed slate…

The depth of Tory feeling over Lords reform

19 April 2012 18:12

What should worry David Cameron about tonight’s meeting of the 1922 Committee on Lords reform was that it was not…

The ‘22 equation

15 April 2012 17:42

Next month’s elections to the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers have taken on particular importance in the current circumstances. The…

Cameron loyalists say his Tory critics are a small minority

2 April 2012 13:24

The drumbeat of criticism of David Cameron and George Osborne by various Tory MPs, summed up on the front page…