Tory whips had already planned to reinstate Charlie Elphicke before confidence vote

13 December 2018 16:31

MPs have been expressing their fury today that the vote of no confidence in Theresa May allowed two suspended Tories…

How the whips made today’s contempt debate far worse

4 December 2018 17:28

Could the government have avoided this afternoon’s contempt motion? MPs have voted in favour of holding ministers in contempt of…

Theresa May’s power play pays off as government wins committee vote

12 September 2017 23:16

Government whips can breath a sigh of relief. On what turned out to be the second late night sitting in…

Labour whips persuade Corbyn to keep them

16 October 2015 14:03

The Labour leadership has abandoned plans to effectively neuter the party’s whips office after realising it is quite useful, Coffee…

Labour threatens Commons defeat on purdah as Tory whips threaten their MPs

3 September 2015 19:14

Labour sources have told Coffee House that they are seriously considering voting against government amendments to the EU referendum, which…

Tory whips found offering cash to MPs

10 March 2015 10:41

A brave message from the Tory Whip’s Office last night, that sent Mr S’s pager buzzing: ‘Some cash has been…

Clunky Conservative machine still causing unnecessary problems

15 January 2015 15:03

There is considerable frustration in the Tory ranks about the way the Prime Minister is handling the TV debates. Both those…

Inside the whips’ ‘dirt books’

9 July 2014 8:55

So all three parties are to trawl their ‘dirt books’ held by the whips and disclose any evidence that they…

The whips are getting stronger – but will it be enough to stop Raab?

30 January 2014 11:38

So now that the Speaker has called Dominic Raab’s amendment on deportation, the government whips have a frenzied few hours…

How will the Tory whips handle tomorrow’s Syria vote?

28 August 2013 9:23

The government has yet to compose the motion that MPs will debate and vote on in tomorrow’s Commons debate on…

Finally, the Tory whips are cracking down on open dissent

10 June 2013 15:21

Lurk around the Palace of Westminster today and you might hear a strange creaking noise. It’s not the Commons air…

Sir George Young reminded PPSs at a recent meeting that they should be alerting the whips to what their bosses were up to.

Exclusive: whips ask ministerial aides to snoop on their bosses

30 April 2013 15:25

Not wanting to heap worries onto the Prime Minister when he’s just about found harmony with his party, but as…

Allegations of cunning play over final passage of Justice and Security bill

27 March 2013 18:05

There have been angry mutterings from the backbenches today about the passage of the Justice and Security Bill last night,…

Iain Duncan Smith will support the same sex marriage bill today. Picture: Getty

Whips try to neutralise row over gay marriage scrutiny arrangements

5 February 2013 8:43

In the next few hours as the vote on the second reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill approaches,…

David Cameron flanked by loyal Conservative MPs at the party conference. Picture: Getty

The party of little tykes

21 December 2012 16:33

Whose fault is it that the Tory party is so rebellious? Some think it’s the beastly backbenchers, while others argue…

Andrew Mitchell in happier days as the charity wristband-clad International Development Secretary. Picture: Getty

Andrew Mitchell’s next step could be an international job

19 December 2012 8:48

The Westminster grapevine is buzzing with the latest rumours about the truth of ‘pleb-gate’. There are legal limits to what…

Was the deputy chief whip just doing his job by passing on Mitchell concerns?

18 December 2012 14:52

The latest twist in the Andrew Mitchell story is particularly intriguing. The Guardian is reporting that news of the confrontation between…

Nadine Dorries arrives at Heathrow after her appearance on 'I'm a Celebrity'. Picture: PA

How do you solve a problem like Nadine Dorries?

26 November 2012 14:53

Nadine Dorries has returned to the UK today, with a meeting between the first evictee of I’m a Celebrity: Get…

Whips in Sir George Young's team have been telling Tory MPs that to rebel on tomorrow's EU budget motion would be to undermine the stability of the coalition government. Picture: Getty

Another headache for the Tory whips

14 November 2012 12:07

Today brings yet another set of reminders for Numbers 9, 10 and 11 Downing Street about how difficult maintaining party…

Order returns to the Tory party on fuel duty vote

12 November 2012 23:53

Tonight was a good one for the Tory whips. What looked last week like it could have been a tricky…