The second referendum backing Tory MP has so alienated members of his constituency association that he didn’t even turn up at the Bracknell Conservative Association’s Special General Meeting. Unsurprisingly they voted that they had no confidence in Philip Lee.
BRACKNELL MP Phillip Lee has been deselected after Tory members voted at a meeting of the Bracknell Conservative Association (BCA) on Saturday, June 1.
This comes after a petition with 53 members’ signatures was received by the BCA entitled ‘the Bracknell Conservative Association has no confidence in Dr Phillip Lee MP as the Conservative member of Parliament for the constituency of Bracknell’.
In an exclusive interview with The Independent, former Conservative MP Heidi Allen said the group – which also consists of eight Labour MPs – had decided not to do anything that would facilitate a general election.
Her words go further than previous comments that the group might support Ms May in a confidence and supply arrangement if she agrees to soften her Brexit stance.
The Telegraph has obtained a leaked audio recording of a briefing that Philip Hammond gave 330 business leaders during a conference call in the aftermath of Theresa May’s historic Brexit defeat on Tuesday.
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Michael Gove ended the no confidence debate in the Commons by denouncing Jeremy Corbyn. But perhaps unsurprisingly his criticism of the Labour leader did not go down well with those on the opposite benches.
„He wants to leave NATO. He wants to get rid of our nuclear deterrent. And recently in a speech he said: why do countries boast about the size of their armies? Why don’t we emulate Costa Rica that has no army at all?
No allies, no deterrent, no army – no way can this country ever allow that man to be our Prime Minister in charge of our security.
If he can’t support our fighting men and women, who does he support? Who does he stand beside? Well, it was fascinating to discover that that he was there when a wreath was laid to commemorate those who were involved in the massacre at the Munich Olympics of Israeli. Now, he says he was “present, but not involved”.
“Present but not involved” sums him up when it comes to national security. When this House voted to bomb the fascists of ISIS after an inspirational speech by the Member for Leeds Central in which 66 people voted with this government in order to defeat fascism. I’m afraid that the honourable gentleman the Leader of the Opposition was not with us. In fighting fascism, he was present but not involved.“
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If the government wins, the consequence is simple: Mrs May continues in office.
But, if she loses, all bets are off. The government would fall and there would be a period of 14 days in which a new government can be formed. There are no rigid rules of what must happen during this fortnight period.
Opening a debate on a no-confidence motion, Mr Corbyn said the government „should do the right thing and resign“ after Tuesday night’s record-breaking defeat on its Brexit legislation.
The prime minister said an election was „simply not in the national interest“.
The no-confidence vote is expected to be held at about 19:00 GMT.
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Watch live as Parliament debates whether it has confidence in the government after it suffered the biggest parliamentary defeat in history.
The Tories’ chaotic handling of Brexit has left us with no choice: Jeremy Corbyn has called a vote of no confidence in Theresa May’s government.
We need a General Election now to break the Brexit deadlock. And a new government that can get a Brexit deal that actually delivers for working people.
If Mrs May lost that motion, Labour would have a chance to form the Government – and if they failed a General Election would take place.
Mr Corbyn has put his party on a war footing – with a new ad campaign coming on Wednesday to lay out Labour’s hard-left vision for Britain.
Mr Corbyn was pressed repeatedly on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show to name a date for when he would table a no confidence vote but refused to.
He said: „We will table a motion of no confidence in the government at a time of our choosing, but it’s going to be soon, don’t worry about it.“
Following the Speaker’s intervention, Tory grandee Sir Edward Leigh accused Mr Corbyn of holding back because he feared having to put Labour’s backing to a second EU referendum.
„The problem for the leader of the Labour Party is that he does not want an immediate motion of no confidence because if, as is likely it was lost, he would be forced by his party to go for a referendum, so he was playing games“, said Sir Edward.
The SNP, the third-largest party in the House of Commons, was joined by the Liberal Democrats, Welsh party Plaid Cymru and the Green Party, but not the main opposition Labour Party, in tabling the motion.
The parties want the government to debate the motion before parliament rises for the Christmas recess.
A number of Leave MPs are indicating they could climb down on their opposition to the withdrawal deal. They are susceptible to arguments by the PM that hers is the hardest form of Brexit they are likely to get, and that voting down her deal risks no Brexit at all.
This group first made its presence felt on Monday in the Commons where several Tory MPs who previously rejected the withdrawal agreement suggested they could vote for it in January.
The net effect is that something that was meant to be an embarrassment for the Government has completely backfired and embarrassed Corbyn instead. He remains unwilling to table a full vote of no confidence in the Government until he thinks he can win it, so they are simply sitting back and calling his bluff. Corbyn is afraid of being forced into backing a second referendum if he tables a full confidence vote and loses. Particularly with the Blairites spying it as a potential opportunity to finally jump ship and turn the People’s Vote campaign into their new third party…
Jeremy Corbyn was today accused of turning Labour’s Brexit policy into a “pantomime” after he stopped short of triggering a vote of no-confidence in the Government.
The Labour leader was criticised for “pulling punches” and of allegedly adopting an “in then out, on then off” approach to such a challenge to the Government which was branded “overdue”.
The British government is not planning to hold an indicative vote in parliament to test support for various Brexit options, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said on Tuesday.
Mr Corbyn threatened to call the vote if Mrs May refused to name a date for Parliament to debate her Brexit deal – only to change his mind after she did set a timetable.
But hours later Mr Corbyn announced that he was tabling his motion after all in farcical scenes – and Mrs May was seen storming out just seconds after he gave his speech.
Last night the PM called the Labour leader’s bluff saying she’d give time for a Commons debate – on the condition it was for full confidence of her Government and not her leadership.
THERESA May could face a no-confidence vote before Christmas after Jeremy Corbyn launched a chaotic bid to topple her today. The Labour leader tabled a motion of no confidence in the PM – but prompted mockery after performing two U-turns on whether or not to take the drastic step
And the no confidence vote looks set to fail after both Tory Brexiteers and the Democratic Unionist Party signalled they would not support it.
The backing of hard-Brexit Tories comes just days after they voted to try and oust her last week.
A European Research Group spokesman said: „ERG members will of course be voting with the Government on this meaningless Labour motion.“
Andrew Gwynne, the shadow communities secretary, suggested Labour will not try to topple Mrs May until mid-January which is when the Prime Minister is due to bring her deal back to the House of Commons for a meaningful vote.
Mr Gwynnes said Mrs May would “limp on” until MPs had rejected her deal and it would be at that point that Labour would strike.
(11.12.2018) But Remainers wanting a second referendum – and not all do – should be careful what they wish for. A second referendum would be far more divisive than the first, possibly leaving a permanently scarred country. And it would also almost certainly fail to overturn Brexit.
A motion of no confidence, or censure motion, is a motion moved in the House of Commons with the wording: ‚That this House has no confidence in HM Government‘. If such a motion is agreed to, and a new government with the support of a majority of MPs cannot be formed within a period of 14 calendar days, Parliament is dissolved and an early General Election is triggered.
A motion of no confidence is one of only two ways in which an early General Election may be triggered under the terms of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011.
For May to survive a leadership, she needs a simple majority of Conservative lawmakers — 158 of 315 to support her.
Depending on how many candidates there are, rounds of elections will be held, and the MPs with the fewest votes would drop out of the race one by one.
That all changes when there are two candidates left – Conservative Party members will have the final say in an open election.