Nick Clegg made the first concession on the proposal for a super-majority to dissolve parliament for an early election.
1) He acknowledged the concerns of rebels such as David Davis about a zombie administration that hangs on after losing a no-confidence vote.
In his own words, he wanted to “avoid a limbo where a government doesn’t enjoy the confidence of the House but a vote cannot take place to dissolve the parliament”.
2) He promised to introduce measures in the Bill to make the process clear and avoid any ambiguity.
This will be one of what I expect will be a series of tweaks to push the measure through.
What the actual concession will be is still unclear. There was some discussion in the debate about the time-limit in the Scottish parliament that prevents an administration from limping on if they lose a confidence vote but block the 66 per cent majority required to call an early election.
By convention a prime minister would step down after a no-confidence vote. Such a time-limit — perhaps a month? — would then presumably give his or her successor a bit of time to try to assemble a new coalition to win the support of the House.
That’s the theory at least. It sounds like Clegg’s team are still working out the detail.