It’s just a number, like any other number

As of 8 November, we now make it 69 of the new Tory intake who have rebelled. That’s some 47% of the 2010 intake, or 54% of those left of the backbenches once you strip out those newbies who are now PPSs.

They also make up the majority of the Conservative rebels. We have had 116 Conservative rebels so far, so 59% (very nearly six in ten) are drawn from the ranks of those who came in in May 2010.