A minister has claimed that Sir Gavin Williamson raised details about her private life during a conversation in an attempt to silence her while she was on the back benches.
The Tory MP, who told the Conservative Party at the weekend that she was willing to discuss the matter, said that Williamson had called her into his office when he was chief whip in 2016.
At the time she was campaigning on an issue that was causing the government difficulty. During the meeting Williamson is said to have raised a sensitive issue about her private life, which she interpreted as a tacit threat.
But that’s what the whips do. That’s their purpose and function.
Use anything – and everything – to get the damned MPs to vote the way the government wants. To complain about this is to miss the poit entirely – as badly as wondering why you’ve got to stand for election, that badly.