Very interesting. The by-election will be on 15 November - the same day as elections for police commisioners. It's also interesting that in response to this point in Mensch's letter to Cameron :
"As you know, I have been struggling for some time to find the best outcome for my family life, and have decided, in order to keep us together, to move to New York. With the greatest regret, I am thus resigning as a MP.
It is only through your personal intervention, delivered quietly and without fanfare, that I have been able to manage my duties for this long."
Mad Nad (correctly) observed on Twitter:
"Interesting that Mensch was managing her working hours through the PMs office and not the usual channel of the whips office?"
I dare say this will fuel some more speculation about Boris stepping in to get back to the commons and position himself for a leadership bid - but that is unlikely to happen, as Corby & Northants is not a safe enough seat - in fact, I'd expect Labour to take it back at the by-election.
I wonder if Mensch will resume writing shit novels?