Strathclyde frustrated by behaviour of LD peers, before Xmas told a colleague that the ‘coalition had already broken down’ in the HofLords'.
— James Forsyth (@JGForsyth) January 7, 2013
Lord Strathclyde decided to quit during a reflective Christmas and New Year after a continuous 25 years on the Tory front bench, sources say
— Christopher Hope (@christopherhope) January 7, 2013
No10 insiders saying Strathclyde resignation "not a story"…..
— James Lyons (@STJamesl) January 7, 2013
Presumably Lord Hill told the PM he didn't want the job.
— Christian May (@ChristianJMay) January 7, 2013
If Cameron knew about Strathclyde resignation why release news now, hours before press conference. Why not Friday afternoon or Sunday?
— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) January 7, 2013
Announcing a cabinet resignation on day of "relaunch"? The No 10 Press/Political operation must be spectacularly at sea.
— Hopi Sen (@hopisen) January 7, 2013
Labour pointing out Strathclyde oversaw 59 govt defeats since May 2010…
— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) January 7, 2013
Strathclyde resignation quite simple. Ages in opposition, two interesting years in govt been there done it got the t-shirt, now make money
— Iain Martin (@iainmartin1) January 7, 2013
Whatever the reasons behind the departure, Downing Street can’t be that annoyed. “The Queen has been pleased to appoint the Rt Hon the Lord Strathclyde to the Order of the Companions of Honour.” Suggests a friendly exit…