PHILIP Hammond has launched a blistering attack on Downing Street officials “who care not one jot” about the Tory party.
The ex-Chancellor took a swipe at Number 10 aide Dominic Cummings after losing the Tory whip for voting to block a No Deal Brexit outcome next month.
He said: “I am not going to be pushed out of it by unelected Downing Street advisers who are not Conservatives.
“Nor will I have my party taken from me by entryists and usurpers who have infiltrated the party ranks, in an attempt to turn it from a Centre-Right broad church into an extreme right-wing faction.”
Hammond was one of 21 rebels who lost the party whip after voting against the government along with Tory grandees Ken Clarke and Sir Nicholas Soames. It means they will no longer be allowed to stand for the Conservative Party in elections.
Speaking to The Surrey Advertiser, he said that “national interest must come before party or personal interest” in an attack on Boris Johnson.
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After being sacked he said he is taking legal advice regarding the “lawfulness” of the actions against him and his colleagues.
He has asked for a formal statement from the Chief Whip Mark Spencer on the process leading to his removal which may lead to a challenge of the original decision.
He was “saddened” by the party resorting to “purging anyone expressing dissent”.
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