This afternoon, the first three of the Conservative Coalition’s reinforcements were introduced into the House of Lords.  When they have all arrived the Government will have an effective majority in the House of Lords of around seventy.

“Michael John Dobbs, Esquire, having been created Baron Dobbs, of Wylye in the County of Wiltshire, was introduced and took the oath, supported by Lord Tebbit and Lord Hunt of Wirral, and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.”

Was it symbolic therefore that as the third of the three, Lord Dobbs, the creator of Francis Urquhart, formally took the oath of office this afternoon, a large mouse/small rat ran past the Woolsack under the fascinated gaze of the Lord Speaker and just past the foot of the Lord Chairman of Committees?  Are the vermin becoming bolder?

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