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  • Government expected to  lose to the Rebel Alliance tomorrow.
  • Today’s cabinet meeting was “cordial” apparently with little dissent.

FT’s Whitehall Correspondent Sebastian Payne  has said that one cabinet minister says the PM’s throw of the dice is all about getting a deal.

Key comments:

  • “The fact he’s chosen October 14 shows he’s serious about the negotiation. Otherwise he’d have fine for early November.”
  • Today’s cabinet meeting was “cordial” apparently with little dissent.
  • The senior minister said there’s a wide expectation across the cabinet that the election *will* happen.
  • They’re expecting the government to lose to the Rebel Alliance tomorrow and for the disillusion motion to pass on Wednesday.