Eddisbury MP Antoinette Sandbach has lost a vote of confidence vote of local Conservative party members.
The vote was symbolic but opens the door to formal deselection. Ms Sandbach is currently appealing the suspension of the Conservative whip after she voted against the government .
The Conservative party in Eddisbury is now begin the process of selecting a new candidate for the seat, in anticipation of an as-yet-unplanned general election.
It will need to consider the possible effect of doing so whilst Ms Sandbach’s appeal is ongoing.
A fractious meeting of local Conservatives concluded that the constituency party have no longer held confidence in Ms Sandbach – this is seen as being largely relating to her position on Brexit.
Antoinette voted in support of Theresa May’s Brexit deal on all three occasions.
During the meeting, Ms Sandbach was given six minutes to speak in her defence, and claims that this restricted her opportunity to explain her position in detail.
In her speech, Ms Sandbach said: “I have stood up for all of my constituents. If the Conservative party becomes The Brexit Party we will not win the next election.”
Speaking after the meeting Antoinette Sandbach said: “This is obviously deeply disappointing, but I won’t allow an unrepresentative handful of people decide who gets to be the MP for tens of thousands of Eddisbury voters.
“All my constituents can rest assured that I will continue to represent them in Parliament, standing up for a sensible, pragmatic Brexit deal and confirming that it is what the people want through a ‘final say’ confirmatory referendum.”