Top Tory Nick Boles faces deselection bid this month

Posted On: 
3rd February 2019

Tory former minister Nick Boles is facing a bid to be dumped by his local party which is set to begin a week on Monday.

Tory Nick Boles wanted to block a no-deal Brexit
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Philip Sagar, the chair of the Grantham and Stamford Conservative Association, has accused the MP of “arrogance” over Brexit.

Mr Boles was behind an attempt to block a no-deal Brexit which failed in the Commons earlier this week.

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The Sunday Times reported that his local party will ask him this month to declare within 21 days whether he will seek “re-adoption” as its parliamentary candidate.

If he says he wants a fourth term as MP he will face a motion asking him to quit, at which point he will have the option of fighting for the candidacy by joining a shortlist or triggering a postal ballot.

He said: “If they decide to kick me out of the Conservative party, so be it.”

And he added: “My association chairman wants me to bend to the will of a small number of people with hardline views rather than stand up for what I believe is in the national interest. This I will not do.”

Mr Sagar said: “People want somebody who’s not in Notting Hill, who’ll turn up locally and reflect its views. They feel he’s not one of us.”


Meanwhile, Tory MP Nicky Morgan is also at the centre of tensions in the Tory party after she joined with pro-Brexit figures to come up with a plan to break the Brexit deadlock in the Commons.

In an article for the Sunday Telegraph, she revealed: “As a result of my actions I’ve lost friends this week and been removed from a fair number of WhatsApp groups.”

Ms Morgan worked with a group including Steve Baker and Jacob Rees-Mogg to pen the so-called Malthouse Compromise - which suggested doing away with the controversial Brexit ‘backstop’