Tory MPs who have backed a softer Brexit or Remain have had an acrimonious relationship with their local Conservative associations as of late, with one MP already deciding to quit their local party following threats of deselection.
Last night, it was the turn of the former attorney general and Remain supporter Dominic Grieve to face the ire of his local party. The Conservative members of Beaconsfield (Grieve’s constituency) held a no-confidence vote in the MP, which he lost by 182 to 131 votes, beginning the process of deselection.
As Grieve gave a speech ahead of the vote, he was continuously heckled by the audience, who booed at the mention of Oliver Letwin and Anna Soubry. But it was his comments on the dangers of a no-deal Brexit which sparked the angriest reaction from the crowd, with one person shouting ‘Project Fear’ and another calling him a ‘traitor’.
Watch the exchange here: