So the Ming Campbell amendment failed by only four votes. Had the LibDems actually told the Tories and the other parties about it earlier and their whips had got their act together, things could have turned out very differently. Despite that, the Government should be embarrassed by it. Sadly, this government is almost beyond embarrassment.
The Conservatives have now joined the LibDems in pulling out of the Speaker's Committee, which clearly wasn't going to be a Speaker's Committee at all. They are right to do so. They should now invite some senior Labour figures to join them in setting up a "Mirror" committee. How about this...
Sir Ming Campbell
The three hour debate showed the House at its best and worst. There were some dreadful speeches and some great speeches. Sir Ming Campbell and Andrew Mackinlay were perhaps the two highlights. Sir Gerald Kaufman and Frank Dobson were the polar opposite.
And finally a word about Theresa May. She gets a lot of flack, often from her own side, but she played a blinder today. She was reasonable, eloquent and exposed all the various weaknesses of Harriet Harman's arguments. All credit to her.