This is a tough piece for me to write. I like Nicholas Soames and I can see things from his point of view. On the face of it, it does seem unfair that someone who’s been in Parliament for 37 years and only defied the Conservative whip three times should be expelled from the party, as he pointed out. Many Conservative MPs have rebelled far more often than Soames but haven’t had the whip removed. Why should he and the 20 other Tory MPs who voted against the Government on Tuesday night be singled out in this way? The fact that he’s Winston Churchill’s grandson is neither here nor there – and Labour MPs banging on about that is absurd, as if one of the sacrosanct principles of parliamentary democracy is that membership of the Conservative Party is a hereditary right. But Ruth Davidson has a point, surely, when she tweeted: 'How, in the name of all that is good and holy, is there no longer room in the Conservative Party for Nicholas Soames? #anofficerandagentleman.'
I’m afraid she does not. (To read more, click here.)