(Most likely finding reasons to be busy in their constituencies on constituency matters. – Owl)
‘Revolt of the middle ranks’: Playbook heard last night that there were threats of several ministerial resignations over the vote. Estimates vary — in his Times column James Forsyth says two members of the government were on the verge of quitting. The paper’s splash, anchored by Henry Zeffman, reports that six frontbenchers told Tory whips they could not support the plan, in what one minister they spoke to termed a “revolt of the middle ranks.” Similarly in their Mail splash Jason Groves and Harriet Line say that half a dozen ministerial aides threatened to quit over the amendment, and that dozens of MPs wouldn’t support it.