The biggest ever Tory rebellion

The following letter was published in The Daily Telegraph on 18 January.

SIR--Tuesday’s rebellion by 118 Tory MPs was not “the biggest on record” (article, January 16).

On  February 28 1846, Benjamin Disraeli’s fierce defence of agricultural protection and his vicious jibes at his party leader led 231 Tories to vote against Sir Robert Peel’s Corn Laws Bill. An observer wrote that Disraeli “ hacked and mangled Peel with unsparing severity, and positively tortured his victim.”

Lord Lexden
London SW1