Dictator Johnson has gone through with his threat and withdrawn the whip from 21 now-former Conservative MPs.
The list includes extremely high-profile names including Father of the House Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer until only six weeks ago (at the time of writing).
Also out are recent Conservative leadership candidate Rory Stewart, Oliver Letwin, Dominic Grieve, David Gauke and Nicholas Soames (who is entirely forgettable apart from being Winston Churchill’s grandson).
And Guto Bebb, who said he would vote against the government, has also been ejected for going through with it.
Others include: Richard Benyon, Steve Brine, Alistair Burt, Greg Clark, Justine Greening, Sam Gyimah, Stephen Hammond, Richard Harrington, Margot James, Anne Milton, Caroline Nokes, Antoinette Sandbach and Ed Vaizey.
Boris Johnson started his first Parliamentary session as prime minister with 311 MPs and a majority of one. He ends it with just 289 MPs and the stigma of being the first PM since Pitt the Younger to lose his very first Parliamentary vote.
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.
HA! Tory retribution has been swift #Amendment7 debate. Stephen Hammond SACKED as Cons Party Chair AFTER the vote ! *Revenge is mine* – says Theresa. *This is what will happen if you don't behave*.
Very disappointed to no longer be Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party for London. It was a huge honour and I'll continue to campaign across our capital in the run up to the Borough elections next year.
In other words: 'I'm a little miffed that Theresa May has decided to sack me for using my democratic right as an elected official in an attempt to stop her pushing through a despicably unprecedented power grab that would almost certainly harm this country.' https://t.co/UqeuqZcb7w
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