W When Theresa May's Brexit deal suffered the biggest defeat in Parliament's history earlier this month, her husband Philip from the gallery watched.
His presence was not only her husband, but also one of her closest political advisors, did not remain inconspicuous.
For the past fourteen days he had played a pivotal role in an internal battle on Downing Street that could determine both the future of the Prime Minister and the outcome of Brexit.
After the catastrophic defeat, Downing Street and Cabinet were split into two camps.
Gavin Barwell, Prime Minister's Chief of Staff, and Cabinet Minister David Lidington wanted to turn to Labor MPs for consensus building.