‘Revenge is mine,’ says May. Tory MP says, ‘Meh…’

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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  1. NMac December 14, 2017 at 9:13 am - Reply

    The evil Tories continue to tear themselves apart, but I do wish they would speed the process up.

  2. Barry Davies December 14, 2017 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Quoting the (we don’t want to be) Independent, really? It is right he should be sacked after all how can he be in that position when he has voted against his own party?

    • Mike Sivier December 18, 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      Yes, quoting the facts. The person in question voted for the good of the UK, rather than to support the minority interest of his own party’s leaders.

  3. simon tempest December 14, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    When taking revenge…dig two graves…(CONFUCIOUS)

  4. Martin Odoni December 14, 2017 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Have to ask, why WOULD he be bothered? The terrible shape the Tory Party is in at the moment, the three most horrible jobs of the lot would be Chief Whip, Chairman, and Deputy Chairman, as they try to force the membership and the party machine back into some kind of working order. Which is a little like herding ants. Getting sacked from any of those roles in the current climate is one of the kindest favours a Tory MP can receive.

  5. blackghost55 December 14, 2017 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Good for you Stephen…

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