Diary - MPs trample on the democratic will of 17.4 million

It was always going to be a difficult day back, and so it proved. With the Speaker and Remainers in close alliance, parliamentary protocols, procedures and long-standing regulations were going to be abused, and so they were. Still, before we witnessed this disgraceful behaviour, I attended a private meeting of like-minded colleagues at 1330. Boris Johnson was to make a statement on the recent G7 summit at 1530, and I was there in my place. Clearly, the Remain tactic was to try and disrupt his speech, which should be heard respectfully. As it started, one of my now former vain-glorious colleagues crossed the floor to the Lib Dems. He had of course timed this betrayal for maximum effect. Frankly, none of us was surprised and the L-Bs are welcome to him. I just feel for his constituents, as yet another so-called Conservative MP changes colour without putting themselves before the electorate. An honourable person would. The Prime Minister battled on against the noise and performed well. I was called to ask a question and said that the one thing not being debated in the Chamber was the democratic  will of 17.4 million people, who voted to leave the EU, and warned the House that the motion that was to follow, placed by Letwin, was nothing more than revocation of Article 50. It's demands would make a negotiated departure from the EU all but impossible, with one delay after another the only likely outcome. I then had to leave the Chamber for most of Michael Gove's Statement on Brexit preparations. However, I did get the tail-end of it, and Michael was superb, as he always is at the Despatch Box. The new Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, followed with an encouraging Statement on more funding for education. He told MPs the Government has committed an extra £14 billion to our schools over the next three years. He added that these monies were in addition to the £1.5 billion per year that will be provided to fund additional pension costs. This pledge delivers on the PM's promise to ensure every secondary school will be allocated at least £5,000 per pupil next year, and every primary school at least £3,750 per pupil. £700 million of this investment will be used to support children with special educational needs and disabilities, an increase of over 11 per cent on the funding available this year. These monies will also enable starting salaries for teachers to rise by up to £6,000, with the aim of reaching £30,000 by 2022-23. A 10 Minute Rule Bill followed and then the debate on this destructive motion to tie the Government's hands began, with Letwin starting proceedings. Of course he and his followers claim it's all about stopping a no-deal departure, but if you read what the motion proposes you will learn it is nothing of the sort. What is particularly treacherous is the fact the Speaker has monkeyed around with the rules to allow this to go ahead at all. And with my colleagues working with Corbyn, they were attempting to take control of the Order Paper in order to place law on the floor of the House tomorrow. I sat in on the debate for a lot of it, and there were some excellent contributions from the likes of Dr Liam Fox. Bob Neill made a principled speech, calling on his Remain friends not to disadvantage the Government's hands. It sadly failed and several of my so-called colleagues sold us out, leaving us to vote against a Bill tomorrow. Inevitably, with so many Conservatives against us, we lost the vote at about 2200. This was a terrible day for democracy as the democratic will of 17.4 million people was crushed by those who think they know better. Their arrogance is breathtaking.