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Former Transport Minister Stephen Hammond [Image: PA].

Former Transport Minister Stephen Hammond, one of the Tory rebels who supported Amendment 7 of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill and forced the minority Tory government into defeat, has been sacked as a vice-chairman of the Conservative Party in a revenge move – but he doesn’t seem all that bothered.

Here’s The Independent:

Tory MP Stephen Hammond has been sacked as a vice-chairman of the Conservative Party after he rebelled against the Government on a key Brexit vote.

The former transport minister voted in favour of Dominic Grieve’s amendment seven, to back his attempt to ensure MPs have a “meaningful vote” on the withdrawal deal.

Mr Hammond [had] said the rebels had been prepared to work with the Government to ensure a meaningful vote.

A total of 11 Conservative rebels voted to change Theresa May’s EU Withdrawal Bill against her wishes – tipping the balance against the Government by just four votes.

Mr Hammond said any pressure applied by Tory whips had not worked.

“You know, I’m an old lag so nothing can really work for me I’m afraid,” he said.

“I had told the Government that this is what I intended to do unless we got the concessions I was looking for and therefore I’m afraid with a heavy heart I voted against the Government.”

See? It doesn’t seem much of a big deal to him.

“Revenge is mine,” says Theresa May.

And her MP says: “Meh…”

He knows he was right, and he knows we know it too.

The simple fact is that nobody cares what Theresa May thinks.


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