Published On: Wed, Sep 4th, 2019

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The charge was led by no deal chief Michael Gove during a tense meeting of the Cabinet in No10 on Wednesday. Pleading for the Prime Minister to reverse his punishment, senior members insisted he offer the expelled rebels “a way back” so they can join the Parliamentary party. Health Secretary Matt Hancock asked the Prime Minister to outline how the expelled rebels could “find redemption” as he questioned Mr Johnson’s controversial decision.

A Cabinet minister told The Sun: “We have to offer them a way back, as we must remain a broad church.”

Northern Ireland Secretary and ex-chief whip Julian Smith, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan and Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd also spoke out against the decision.

A source from No10 claimed Mr Johnson told Cabinet ministers he “has sympathy” for their argument but held firm his decision.

He insisted the rebels would “not support our manifesto” in a snap general election.

Cabinet ministers asked Boris if the fired party members could find 'a way back'

Cabinet ministers asked Boris if the fired party members could find ‘a way back’ (Image: Getty Images)

Michael Gove led the charge

Michel Gove led the charge (Image: Getty Images)

Ex-deputy Prime Minister Damien Green published an open letter on behalf of the Tory ‘One Nation’ group in a sign of growing pressure.

The group included a number of Cabinet members demanding the whip be restored to the Conservative rebels.

Mr Green, who is supposedly supported by 100 Conservative MPs, said: “We cannot support the removal of the whip from principled, hard-working and dedicated colleagues.”

The expulsion came after 21 Conservative MPs, including ex-Chancellor Philip Hammond, voted against the Government to block a no deal.

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Philip Hammond was among the MPs purged by the Prime Minister

Philip Hammond was among the MPs purged by the Prime Minister (Image: Getty Images)

The group of MPs are also banned from standing as Conservative MPs again.

Winston Churchill’s grandson, Sir Nicholas Soames, and Father of the House Ken Clark were amongst the rabble who were expelled from the party.

More pressure on Mr Johnson was mounted when a 22nd Conservative MP joined the rebellion.

Dame Caroline Spelman voted for the cross-party bill to delay Brexit by three months when it was passed by the Commons on Tuesday.


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Sir Nicholas Soames, Winston Churchill's grandson, also had the whip removed

Sir Nicholas Soames, Winston Churchill’s grandson, also had the whip removed (Image: Getty Images)

Caroline Spelman voted for the cross-party bill

Caroline Spelman voted for a cross-part bid (Image: Getty Images)

Sources at Downing Street claimed she would not be losing the whip despite voting against the government.

They added Tuesday’s rebellion was seen as a “confidence issue” which transferred parliamentary power to Labour and opposition parties.

Brexiteer backbench Conservative MPs also called on the Prime Minister to retract his decision as tensions continued to spiral.

Leave supporter Tim Loughton told Mr Johnson “purges never ended well in Roman times” and he should “get them back in”.

Brexit: What happens next?

Brexit: What happens next? (Image: Daily Express)

Party chiefs have commanded local Conservative associations for the expelled rebel MPs pick a new candidate for the now empty seats as soon as possible.

Conservative members in Philip Hammond’s Runnymede and Weybridge seat were emailed: “Last night, Philip Hammond had the Conservative whip removed by the chief whip.

“This means that he is no longer a Conservative MP and will not be eligible to stand as the Conservative candidate for Runnymede and Weybridge.

“A new Conservative candidate will be selected by the membership in due course.”

Party members blamed political aide Dominic Cummings

Party members blamed political aide Dominic Cummings (Image: Getty Images)

Other Conservatives held Mr Johnson’s top aide Dominic Cummings responsible for the aggressive strategy.

They have demanded the Prime Minister fires the controversial aide.

Grandee MP Sir Roger Gale said: “I think it’s been handled appallingly. I think the fact that you have at the heart of Number 10, as the Prime Minister’s senior adviser, an unelected, foul-mouthed oaf throwing his weight around is completely unacceptable”.

Members of the Young Conservatives were also seen protesting the Prime Ministers decision outside the Party’s Westminster HQ.

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