The whips need a holiday

As MPs head off on their summer holidays, one group that will need them more than most will be the government whips. Our figures for the session to date show that there have been a total of 147 separate backbench revolts by government MPs since the 2010 election. That is more than in any single session since the end of the Second World War, and this session is not over yet. Indeed, those 147 rebellions constitute, in less than one session, more than in any entire Parliament from 1945 to 1970

The Conservative whips will note with concern that of their 86 rebels, a majority have now come from the 2010 intake.

Enjoy the summer break; we suspect there’s a lot more trouble waiting when Parliament resumes.