What did the PM say?
The Speaker had three vital encounters yesterday which, I'm told, have helped to determine whether he goes or stays.
First, he went to Mass.
Next, he spoke with his family.
Finally, I'm told that he met the prime minister.
As I wrote earlier, it is the government which decides whether the motion of no confidence in the Speaker will be debated this week.
Gordon Brown would, I'm sure, not have risked accusations of constitutional impropriety by telling the Speaker that he should resign.
However, the prime minister's view of whether the government would find time for a no confidence motion or delay it will have have indicated to Michael Martin whether he could fight on or whether his time was up.