Antoinette Sandbach

Rebel MP: 'You have to do what is right'

Sophie Calvert

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Stoke

Cheshire MP Antoinette Sandbach said rebelling against Boris Johnson was hard but "there are critical times when you have to do what is right".

The Eddisbury MP was one of 21 Tory MPs who voted against the government last nightin a move designed to rule out a no-deal Brexit.

It means another vote today that could force the prime minister to seek a delay to Brexit and the latest 31 October deadline.

MP Antoinette Sandbach
BBC

Following the result, Ms Sandbach tweeted that the whip had been taken away from her, effectively expelling her from the parliamentary party.

She added she had rebelled "no matter what the personal consequences" and "most of my constituents would have supported a "soft" Brexit however they voted not a no deal".

Brexit: Tory MPs split over 'expulsion warning'

Allen Cook

BBC News

The Conservative Party's being accused by one of its own MPs of trying to "purge" the group of dissenting "moderate" voices who oppose the prime minister's stance over Brexit.

A senior source from the whips office - which ensures MPs vote on party lines - said those who voted to block no deal would be expelled and deselected.

Antoinette Sandbach
UK Parliament

Eddisbury's Conservative MP, Antoinette Sandbach (above), told the BBC she saw it as "a very deliberate attempt to try and purge the Conservative Party of moderate, sensible voices".

Daniel Kawczynski
UK Parliament

But fellow Tory MP, Shrewsbury and Atcham's Daniel Kawczynski (above), said he felt the whips were right to warn MPs.

"For any Conservative MP to be undermining his position in this way and potentially joining some form of coalition with Jeremy Corbyn is of course a breach of normal party discipline and cannot be tolerated," he said.

Mr Kawczynski went further and called for a general election to solve the current impasse.

This Parliament has spectacularly failed in its responsibility and duty. It needs to be dissolved, there needs to be a general election and we need to ask the British people for a mandate for a workable majority to carry on."

Daniel KawczynskiMP for Shrewsbury and Atcham

MPs rebel to block Parliament shutdown

Seventeen Conservatives rebelled against the whip, in this afternoon's vote over measures to block Parliament shutdown, including minister Margot James.

Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy and Antoinette Sanbach, MP for Eddisbury in Cheshire were also among the rebels.

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Among those Conservative MPs who did not vote were Chancellor Philip Hammond, Justice Secretary David Gauke, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and International Development Secretary Rory Stewart.

PMQs: Antoinette Sandbach interrupted by loudspeaker announcement
A Conservative MP asking a sombre question is interrupted by an automated announcement.

MPs report Brexit death threats

Two West Midlands Conservative MPs have reported receiving death threats over their positions on Brexit.

The offices of the Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy and the Eddisbury MP Antoinette Sandbach say the threats have come by post and over the phone.

Antoinette Sandbach and Jeremy Lefroy
BBC

Staff working for Mr Lefroy say intimidating phone calls have been made to the constituency office and his office in London, and in one instance Mr Lefroy said notes were left on a car belonging to one of his staff while it was parked at his home overnight.

The nature of the notes was said to be graphic and the police say they are taking them seriously.

Both MPs have supported the prime minister's Brexit deal and in yesterday's indicative votes they supported staying in the EU single market.

Brexit: Antoinette Sandbach on DExEU and the cabinet
Parliament is being reduced to a “school debating chamber" over Brexit says Conservative MP Antoinette Sandbach.