With her Portsmouth North constituency devastated by the bombshell of hundreds of shipbuilding job losses at the city’s naval base, Penny Mordaunt faces an unenviable decision later today.
Parliamentary private secretaries, the lowest rung on the ministerial ladder, are banned from speaking in the chamber about issues affecting their brief. As PPS to defence secretary Philip Hammond, who is making an emergency statement on the matter after PMQs, Mordaunt faces the prospect of either resigning or remaining silent in the chamber on the biggest issue facing her constituency in this parliament.
Govt confirm Commons statement on 'aircraft carriers + UK shipbuilding' at 12.30pm today. Philip Hammond v Vernon Coaker.
— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) November 6, 2013
A sad occasion and a tricky dilemma.