Tonight's Conservative rebellion on gay marriage shows the Prime Minister's political strategy to rebrand or redefine his party was "inappropriate", according to a leading Tory MP.
Ministerial aide David Burrowes, one of the leading opponents of the plans to legalise same-sex marriage, said it was "unprecedented" for more than half the party to fail to support a Government Bill.
Landmark plans to legalise gay marriage got the green light in the Commons, despite a majority of Tories failing to support the Government.
The Prime Minister will read the letter delivered to Number 10, take their views on board, but not change his mind over gay marriage.
Many Conservative MPs just do not understand the move when the tax measure is in the Coalition Agreement.