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Berwick-upon-Tweed MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan will not reveal vote

Berwick-upon-Tweed Conservative MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan says she will not reveal how she will vote in this evening's vote of confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May's leadership.

She said in a statement: "I will take some time today to think about how to vote.

"I will respect the secret ballot process and I will therefore not be discussing which way I will vote once I have reached my decision."

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Tory MP questions plan if deal is rejected by Parliament

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Conservative Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan spoke at this morning's Prime Minister's Questions about Brexit.

She said with any divorce proceedings if a fair and equitable decision cannot be reached "they go to a judge for a decision".

In this case, she said, "Parliament must be the judge."

Ms Trevelyan asked if the prime minister agreed that once Parliament has rejected the deal "the UK would be better off setting the money aside to prepare for a clean global Brexit."

Theresa May said backing this deal meant we will control our own borders, end free movement, create more jobs and can create trade deals around the world.

She said: "If we reject this deal we go back to square one which threatens our economy and there will be more uncertainty and divisions."

"The choice is between backing the national interest or going back to square one if it is rejected," she clarifies.

Berwick MP doesn't rule out submitting a no confidence letter

Conservative MP for Berwick and prominent Brexit supporter Anne-Marie Trevelyan has said she doesn't rule out submitting a no confidence letter in the Prime Minister.

"One letter a week is enough," she told BBC Newcastle, referring to her resignation as a ministerial aide at the education department on Thursday.

"I will consider the situation as it progresses," she added.

Ms Trevelyan also expressed her concerns with the draft Brexit deal.

"I felt that I just couldn't support it. There's too much in it that makes us not a sovereign state and actually makes it worse than the position we are in now."

Prime Minister Theresa May and Anne-Marie Trevelyan  before addressing supporters and the media at an airfield north of Newcastle
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Berwick MP resigns over Brexit

The Conservative MP for Berwick, Anne-Marie Trevelyan has resigned from her position as an aide to education ministers, citing concerns over the government's Brexit deal.

It comes hours after Theresa May announced that she had secured the backing of her cabinet for the deal.

Ms Trevelyan wrote that as "an MP with a historic and active fishing community", the proposed deal "would prevent the UK from independently negotiating access and quota shares, and would mean that the UK would become an independent coastal state in name only".

She said: "As an MP bordering Scotland, the regulatory framework agreement for Northern Ireland is very important to me, and I cannot support the position the EU agreement takes. I believe that it poses a real threat to the stability and integrity of the Union."

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MP hopes A1 closure plan may be reversed

Colin Briggs

Look North

The Conservative MP for Berwick, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, says she remains hopeful the Highways Agency will postpone a planned closure of the A1 in Northumberland next month.

A four-mile stretch of the road between Berwick and Morpeth will be totally shut for over a fortnight early next month.

Highways England has admitted local people weren't told about the closure early enough, but insists a total closure is the cheapest and most efficient option.

But the MP says she hopes they'll be a rethink following consultations with local people this week.

Tories in bid to censure Norwich MP

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

An attempt will be made by Conservative MPs in Parliament this afternoon to try to censure Clive Lewis, the Labour MP for Norwich South.

Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealdon in Sussex, says she will ask the Speaker for an emergency debate to discuss a remark which he made to another man at a comedy fringe event at the Labour Party conference.

Mr Lewis has unreservedly apologised for using a word which is derogatory towards women.

But Ms Ghani has said on Twitter that Mr Lewis's comments "undermine parliament and women".

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Other Conservatives are supporting her: the Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has said that Mr Lewis has "let down the city we proudly represent", while the Berwick-upon-Tweed MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has tweeted "unacceptable language & mysogigny [sic] from Labour MPs cannot be allowed to continue."

Conservatives are making a fuss about this because there have been allegations of misogyny and racism surrounding the far left for some time, although very little evidence.

But it would be highly unusual, possibly even unprecedented for the speaker to allow such a debate to go ahead.

Over the weekend Mr Lewis was condemned by the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who called his comments "completely unacceptable". But he has said that Mr Lewis will not lose the Labour whip because he has apologised.