Published On: Wed, Sep 4th, 2019

Philip Hammond officially gone! Remainer BLOCKED by his Tory constituency from re-standing | Politics | News

The former Chancellor had hoped to continue as a Tory MP after being reselected by the local Tory association in his Runnymede and Weybridge seat. However this afternoon the group confirmed they would now be seeking another candidate for any upcoming election. Yesterday a long-standing member of the local Tory party association executive said they hoped he could continue.

June Seager said she and others were “astonished” Mr Hammond was stripped of the Conservative whip during a bloodbath which saw 21 rebels – including party grandees Ken Clarke and Sir Nicholas Soames – effectively barred from standing as Tory candidates at the next general election.

Mr Hammond, who served as chancellor for three years until July and was re-selected as the Tory candidate on Monday evening before he voted against Boris Johnson’s government, holds a majority of more than 18,000 in the Surrey constituency, polling a 60.9 percent share of the vote during the last election.

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