By Jacob Jaffa |
Sarah Newton, the MP for Truro and Falmouth, voted with the government last week, in an attempt to block an Opposition motion that prevents a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
Newton, whose constituents voted ‘Remain’ in 2016, followed the party whip, despite ITV’s political editor Robert Peston initially listing her amongst those expected to rebel.
“Boris Johnson announced that any MP that rebelled would lose the Conservative whip”
The list of likely rebels was published shortly before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that any MP that rebelled would lose the Conservative whip and will likely face a Conservative challenger at the next general election.
Johnson held firm after the vote, expelling 21 MPs, known as the ‘Rebel Alliance’, from the parliamentary party. The Truro and Falmouth MP was not among their ranks, and did not respond to the Anchor’s request for comment.
Jennifer Forbes, prospective parliamentary candidate for Labour in Truro and Falmouth, had “hoped Ms Newton would rethink her position and stand up for her constituency. Labour will fight tooth and nail against a disastrous Tory No Deal Brexit.”
High profile expulsions include Nicholas Soames, grandson of Winston Churchill…
The newly independent, former-Conservative MPs remain in Parliamentary exile, despite internal debate within the Conservative Party as to whether or not they should be readmitted.
High profile expulsions include Nicholas Soames, grandson of Winston Churchill, the former Chancellor, Philip Hammond, and the longest continuously-serving MP, Ken Clarke, who is otherwise known as the ‘Father of the House’.
The government lost the vote last week, and the bill has now been passed as an Act of Parliament, which forces the Prime Minister to seek an extension to Article 50 should ‘no deal’ be agreed before the European summit on 17th October.
Controversially, Boris Johnson’s government intends to suspend Parliament from the evening of 9th September, until mid-October.