Johnson loses majority as Tory MP Phillip Lee crosses floor to join Lib Dems

Johnson loses majority as Tory MP Phillip Lee crosses floor to join Lib Dems

Tory MP Phillip Lee defects to Lib Dems meaning Boris Johnson no longer has working majority

Phillip Lee has dramatically defected to the Liberal Democrats – depriving Boris Johnson of his Commons majority.

The pro-EU former minister walked across the Commons chamber, to sit with Jo Swinson’s party, meaning the prime minister now leads a minority government – the first since 1996.

“The party I joined in 1992 is not the party I am leaving today,” said Philip Lee, a supporter of Remain and a second referendum on Brexit.

It came ahead of a crucial vote tonight in which rebel MPs will try to take control of the Parliamentary agenda and block a no-deal.

Moments after he crossed the floor, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson tweeted: “Welcome @DrPhillipLeeMP – you have joined us at the most crucial time. I look forward to working with you to prevent a disastrous Brexit, and to fight for a fairer, more equal society.”

Earlier today, Justine Greening said she would not stand for the Tory party at the next election, taking a swipe at Mr Johnson and accusing the Tory party of “turning into the Brexit party.”

Mr Johnson has said he will call a snap election if he is defeated by the alliance of cross-party MPs.

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