Withdrawing the whip
Well, well. David Cameron has changed his mind and is withdrawing the whip from Derek Conway. This is not, I am told, in response to suggestions that the Tory MP paid his second son. It is a delayed reaction to yesterday's revelation of excessive payments to his other son, Freddie, and it follows a conversation between the Conservative chief whip and Mr Conway this morning.
I can only conclude that the Tory leader saw the damage that this story might do to him and his party, and decided that outweighed the damages of taking on Mr Conway which I outlined this morning.