Some of you objected to my carefully chosen words on changes in the 1922 Committee. Some of you thought I needed to oppose the changes, whilst others thought backbenchers should give united support to the Leader.
As I said at the time, I am more than happy with the Leader’s proposal that Ministers should come to 1922 meetings, breaking the tradition of previous Conservative governments. I never thought they would stand for election to the backbench Executive, and it has now been clarified that of course they will not. It has also been clarified that there is no intention for Ministers to have a vote in backbench Committee elections. Again I did not think they would, as the ballot was about Ministers attending, not about them voting. Readers need to read these pieces carefully to understand what is going on.