No summer rebellion for Tories

David Cameron smiles at prime minister's questions Mr Cameron will be relaxed going into the summer recess

The Tory family has, for the moment, pulled together again - buoyed by a mixture of better economic news and the return of Abu Qatada to Jordan; cheered by a rare moment of unity on Europe as all MPs work to secure a referendum but, above all, relieved to see Labour on the back foot on borrowing, welfare, their relationship with the unions and, even, the NHS.

As Ed Miliband sat down at Question Time the prime minister even went so far as to claim that "every day this country is getting stronger and every day he's getting weaker".

Labour continue to believe that the fundamentals are working in their favour. They are, of course, ahead in the polls, save for one which looks likely to be a rogue.

Ed Miliband's aides believe their leader will be rewarded for his controversial decisions to reform the party's link with the unions and to acknowledge that that they will only be able to spend more in government if they find fresh cuts or tax rises to pay for it.

David Cameron cancelled a mini reshuffle which was originally planned for today, so keen was he to ensure that the atmosphere was not soured by those sacked, moved or disappointed.

We all know, of course, how quickly the weather can change. The autumn could be cold and bleak.

There is, no doubt though, which leader will head to his deckchair feeling more relaxed.

The long hot days of summer are usually among the most dangerous for governments.

Grumpy backbenchers grow tired of party discipline and start to dream of rebellion. Not this year, though.

Nick Robinson, Political editor Article written by Nick Robinson Nick Robinson Political editor

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