Tory Antoinette Sandbach says WhatsApp texts also told her to quit the party for backing Rory Stewart.Read more
The chief whip, Julian Smith, believes the Cabinet is the ‘worst example’ of discipline in history.
The chief whip, Julian Smith, has said the government should have been clearer on the consequences of the failure to get a majority.
It's almost crunch time for Theresa May as she prepares for the Commons vote on her Brexit withdrawal agreement. The numbers do not appear to be on her side. It's thought as many 100 Conservative MPs are planning to vote against it. The government's chief whip is Julian Smith. It's his rather daunting job to persuade rebel Tory MPs to vote with the PM. Can he do it? We look for clues in his life story so far. Producer: Oliver Jones Presenter: Mark Coles
The Conservative Chief Whip refused to be drawn on questions about a pairing controversy.