WINSTON Churchill’s grandson Sir Nicholas Soames fought back tears as he bid an emotional farewell to the Commons after 37 years as an MP.
Sir Nicholas, 71, was given the chop by Boris Johnson for voting to block No Deal during a brutal culling by the PM last night.
He – along with 20 other Tory rebels – have now had the whip taken away and will not be able to stand for the Conservatives in the next election.
Addressing the Commons today, Sir Nicholas, who represents Mid Sussex, confirmed he won’t be contesting the next election.
He said: “I am thus approaching the end of 37 years service to this House, of which I have been proud and honoured beyond words to be a member.”
The emotional veteran politician added: “I am truly sad that it should end in this way.”
Sir Nicholas told BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning that he had been sacked by a furious Boris in a text message.
Last night rebel MPs pulled off an extraordinary coup to allow a block on Brexit until next year – with a vote of 328 to 301.
I am thus approaching the end of 37 years service to this House, of which I have been proud and honoured beyond words to be a member. I am truly sad that it should end in this way.
Sir Nicholas Soames
The cross-party majority of 27 will now use their time in Parliament today to ram a new law through the Commons in four hours.
It will force the PM to extend Brexit talks as well as Britain’s EU membership for a third time until January 31.
The alliance insisted the move was vital to halt the threat of a “calamitous” No Deal exit in just eight weeks’ time.
But in tense Commons scenes yesterday, Mr Johnson described the move as “Corbyn’s surrender bill” and insisted it would rip up his chance to win a better deal.
Speaking in the Commons today Sir Nicholas said it is of the upmost importance that MPs support the Bill.
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He said: “The Bill is modest in its ambitions but powerful in its mandate as it merely seeks to avoid the disaster of a no-deal Brexit and to give the Government and this House a further opportunity to achieve a resolution and I urge my fellow colleagues to support it.”
He continued: “I have always believed that the referendum result must be honoured and indeed I voted for the Withdrawal Agreement on every occasion it’s been presented to the House, which is more than can be said for the Prime Minister, the Leader of the House and several members of the Cabinet, whose serial disloyalty has been such an inspiration to so many of us.”
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