The strange ways of politics
Will Richard Benyon win big brownie points in Downing Street over NHS reorganisation?
Richard Benyon? The Defra junior minister? What's he got to do with health? Let me explain.
The government's biggest Tory critic over the government's NHS changes has been Sarah Wollaston, the former GP who became MP for Totnes last May after famously being picked as Conservative candidate by local voters in an open primary in 2009.
Once elected, she soon became a vocal critic of the NHS changes, not least on Newsnight.
So much so, in fact, that I'm told that Prime Minister David Cameron was overheard to say in an unguarded moment in Downing Street: "I'll tell you what; we're not having any more open primaries!" And indeed the party's not having any more.
Dr Wollaston is a member of the Commons Select Committee on Health, and indeed with all today's attention to the NHS changes, and Tuesday's report from the select committee, one would expect to see the MP for Totnes a lot on our screens over the next 48 hours.
She certainly thinks the committee's recommendations would do a lot to improve the bill.
The only trouble is that Dr Wollaston has to welcome a junior minister to her Devon constitutuency today and tomorrow.
Yes, it's Richard Benyon. On a two-day ministerial visit to the green pastures of south Devon. And no doubt her party colleagues impressed on Dr Wollaston how discourteous it would be for her to not be in Totnes when Mr Benyon was there.
Even if, as parliamentary under-secretary at Defra, he is one of the most junior members in the entire government.
His visit will make it a lot harder for Dr Wollaston to do TV interviews.
It was arranged at the last minute, I understand, and had been postponed from an early date.