What a whip means

Tablets working – I can breathe. Go up to Westminster to have lunch with Politics Show chap. Just about survive, cancel rest of appointments and go home and work at home for rest of day and evening. Luckily the debate in Parliament was a two line whip, was reduced to one and in the end there was no vote at all.

(The number of “lines” on a whip indicates how important it is that you are present for a vote. There are so many votes in Parliament it is impossible to be present for every single one and still do all the other things needed and expected of an MP. A “three line whip” means it is essential to be there; two and one are of decreasing importance.)