We won. More importantly, our security services could soon have more powers with which to protect us.
About an hour ago I walked back to the Commons from a meeting outside the estate to be told by a friend/journalist that we were about to lose on 42 days. A Labour colleague shortly afterwards confirmed this gloomy news. So when we finally saw how the whips were standing – our tellers were standing on the Speaker’s left – we knew before the figures had been read out that we had won.
Lots of unhappy faces among the Tories. The LibDems are being bitchy to those fine men and women of the DUP and UUP. The media pack are trying their best to put a negative spin on an unexpected government victory. And I’m off to have dinner.