Local Tory activists step up bid to oust Dominic Grieve as their MP over Brexit views
Tory activists have stepped up their bid to oust Dominic Grieeve as their local MP over his anti-Brexit views.
Following a special general meeting of the Beaconsfield Constiuency Conservatives Association on Friday evening, Mr Grieve has been asked to apply for re-adoption as their candidate for the next election.
The move is part of the process which must be followed in order to deselect a sitting Tory MP.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Beaconsfield CCA chairman Jackson Ng: "I understand that there are feelings of disappointment, anger and frustration from many of our membership.
"Therefore, following this evening's special general meeting and on behalf of our executive council, I have immediately written to our MP Dominic Grieve QC to formally request that he now submits a written application to us to seek his re-adoption as our parliamentary candidate for the next general election expected in 2022."
Local Tory member Dylan Kenny said on Twitter: "It was heartening that everyone spoke respectfully and with dignity. Dominic made an impassioned and highly intelligent speech. I am glad there was no animosity and the association should be proud of the conduct of this evenings discourse."
Mr Grieve, the former attorner general, told PoliticsHome: "It does not make procedurally any difference whatsoever to my future."
Under Tory Party rules, Mr Grieve will be invited to make his case for re-adoption as a candidate in person if they wish to. The local executive council then votes on a motion to reselect the MP in a secret ballot.
If Mr Grieve wins the vote he will be re-selected to be the candidate. If he loses, he can either request that the entire local party votes in a postal ballot, or put himself up against other candidates who want to fight the seat.
In March, the Beaconsfield party voted 182 to 131 in favour of a motion of no confidence in Mr Grieve, who opposes Brexit and supports a second EU referendum.
At the time, he said: "I continue entirely as before, as I said to the meeting. I noted the comments that were made. But I’m doing my best to represent my constituents and to act to what I see as the national interest and I’m not going to be deflected from doing that job.
He added: "It’s part of the absolute core role of being a member of parliament. What happens in respect of my association members is really a matter for them. I can’t comment on it."