Remain-supporting MP, who has said he felt ashamed of his party, rejected by members
The remain-supporting Conservative MP, Dominic Grieve, is facing deselection by his party after losing a confidence vote held by his local association by 182 to 131 votes.
The Conservative association in his Beaconsfield constituency said it no longer had confidence in the former attorney general after he put his case to members at a meeting on Friday.
He remains MP for the Buckinghamshire seat for the time being, but a meeting will soon be convened to discuss his future.
He is also a prominent remainer, has called for a second referendum and addressed a pro-EU rally in Westminster last weekend.
The prominent pro-Remain Tory MP Dominic Grieve has suffered a vote of no confidence by his local Conservative Party.
The chairman of the Beaconsfield Constituency Conservative Association Jackson Ng said the no confidence vote motion was passed at the association’s annual general meeting.
‘Our members had a robust discussion with our MP, Dominic Grieve QC on Brexit before voting on a motion of confidence in him as our MP, which, I can confirm with a heavy heart that he failed to retain,’ he said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Grieve told members their presence was evidence that “participatory democracy is (not) dying”. They responded by laughing sarcastically and heckling. “We’re here to boot you out!” said one.
Former Tory MP Anna Soubry, who defected to join the Independent Group, branded the vote “disgraceful”.
Labour MP Stella Creasy said: “We disagree on many things. I doubt Beaconsfield conservatives could find someone more experienced, more capable and more principled than him for their MP.”
Grieve was also defended by Labour MP Jess Phillips
Oh yeah I mean if you have a crap lazy MP who never speaks up for you in parliament, doesn’t hold surgeries and has a contact rate in community of less than 20% get rid by all means, but doing it on issues and loyalty doesn’t work. Dominic certainly isn’t a crap MP https://t.co/YdNNeUGUmB
— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) March 30, 2019