Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2019

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Boris Johnson’s brother and Mr Fallon join Keith Simpson who said on Tuesday he would not stand again. And Phillip Lee dramatically defected to the Lib Dems earlier this week, taking his seat on the opposition benches as the Prime Minister addressed the Commons.

It comes after 21 rebel Tory MPs were booted out of the party on Monday night for voting against the Government to block a no-deal Brexit.

They included former Cabinet ministers Philip Hammond, David Gauke, Rory Stewart and Greg Clark.

Mr Johnson’s majority has been wiped out and he now has 298 MPs, including the DUP’s 10.


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Dame Caroline Spelman and Jo Johnson announced they will not stand in the next general election (Image: GETTY)

2.45pm update: Johnson’s dig at “gigantic chlorinated chicken” Corbyn

Speaking as he welcomed US vice president Mike Pence to Downing Street for talks, Boris Johnson made a dig at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to block a general election,

He said: “We have a gigantic chlorinated chicken of our own on the opposition benches.”

2.20pm update: Sturgeon “relishing” prospect of general election

Nicola Sturgeon has said she is relishing the prospect of a general election, in which the SNP would “stand up for Scotland’s opposition to Brexit”.

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions on Thursday, Ms Sturgeon also suggested Ruth Davidson would not have stepped down as Scottish Conservative leader if she could “stomach” Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.

It comes as Mr Johnson is set to make a second attempt to trigger an early general election before Parliament is temporarily suspended.

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Nicola Sturgeon has said she is relishing the prospect of a general election (Image: GETTY)

2.15pm update: Rees-Mogg says “families disagree on Brexit” after PM’s brother resigns

Jacob Rees-Mogg said it is a known thing that families have differing views on Brexit.

He said: “This is something that we know across the country, families disagree on Brexit.

“My enormously distinguished, wise and good sister Annunziata has not only joined the Brexit Party but got elected to the European Parliament.

“We all have in our families these disagreements over an issue of fundamental importance to us all, and that is why it is right to put this matter back to the people in a general election so they can decide.”

2pm update: Jo Johnson “big loss” to politics – Gyimah

Sam Gyimah, who had the Tory whip removed this week, tweeted: “Honest Jo Johnson is a top talent & will be a big loss to politics.

“It was an immense privilege to (follow on from) him as Universities & Science Minister.

“Huge admiration for him in resolving an impossible and painful ‘conflict of loyalty’ in the national interest.”

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Sam Gyimah said Jo Johnson will be a “big loss” to politics (Image: GETTY)

1.20pm: Shadow education secretary hits out at PM following Jo Johnson’s resignation

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said: “Boris Johnson poses such a threat that even his own brother doesn’t trust him.

“We have now had four higher education ministers in two years – just the latest sign of the chaos that the Tories have caused to education and the threat that a disastrous no-deal Brexit poses to our colleges and universities.

“We need a general election as soon as no-deal is off the table, so that a Labour government can transform our education system and society so they work for the many, not just a privileged few.”

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Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner hit out at the Prime Minister (Image: GETTY)

1pm update: Rees-Mogg confirms fresh general election bid on Monday

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said a motion relating to an early general election has been scheduled for consideration in the Commons next Monday.

It comes after Boris Johnson’s attempt last night to trigger an early general election failed after he did not win the required support of two-thirds of MPs.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg said there would be another vote on an early general election on Monday (Image: GETTY)

12.45pm update: Dame Caroline Spelman to stand down at the next general election

Dame Caroline Spelman, who rebelled against the Government in last night’s vote on a no-deal Brexit, tweeted to say she would be standing down at the next election.

She said: “I am retiring as an MP at the next General Election.

“It has been a privilege to serve the constituency over the last 22 years, but the time has come for a new person to represent the interests of Meriden in a new Parliament which will be dominated by the consequences of Brexit.”

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Boris Johnson thanked his brother for his service after his shock resignation (Image: GETTY)

12.30pm update: PM thanks brother for service after shock resignation

A Number 10 spokesman said: “The Prime Minister would like to thank Jo Johnson for his service.

“He has been a brilliant, talented minister and a fantastic MP.

“The Prime Minister, as both a politician and brother, understands this will not have been an easy matter for Jo.

“The constituents of Orpington could not have asked for a better representative.”

Earlier today he announced he was quitting his role as Universities Minister and would stand down as MP for Orpington.

He tweeted: “It’s been an honour to represent Orpington for 9 years & to serve as a minister under three PMs.

“In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest – it’s an unresolvable tension & time for others to take on my roles as MP & Minister.”

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