Tobias Ellwood, chair of the defence choose committee, was suspended from the Conservative social gathering on Tuesday after failing to help the federal government in a vote of confidence.
Ellwood, who served as junior defence minister below Theresa May’s authorities, has been extremely crucial of outgoing prime minister Boris Johnson and was one of many first MPs to name on the Tory chief to give up.
The suspension of Ellwood’s whip means there can be one fewer MP voting within the newest spherical of the Conservative management contest. He has supported commerce minister Penny Mordaunt’s bid, leaving her with one much less supporter.
Ellwood missed the parliamentary vote on Monday resulting from an abroad assembly in Moldova taken in his capability as chair of the defence committee, which he stated he was unable to return from resulting from “travel disruption”.
Although Johnson received the rely with a majority of 111, authorities insiders expressed anger that Ellwood had not returned in time. The vote was proposed by the federal government after a dispute following an preliminary request by the opposition Labour social gathering.
The workplace of Chris Heaton-Harris, chief whip, stated Ellwood had misplaced the whip “following his failure to vote in support of the government in the confidence vote last night”.
One senior Tory stated that Ellwood had requested a “slip” to not be current for the vote to undertake a international journey, however that each one such requests had been rescinded.
In response to dropping the whip, Ellwood stated: “Following my meeting yesterday with the president of Moldova, I was unable to secure return travel due to unprecedented disruption both here and in the UK.
“I am very sorry to lose the whip but will now continue my meetings in Ukraine promoting the prime minister’s efforts here and specifically seeking to secure the reopening of Odesa port — so vital grain exports can recommence.”
Another Tory management candidate can be knocked out of the competition on Tuesday. Mordaunt is vying with international secretary Liz Truss for the second place on the shortlist.
Kemi Badenoch, former equalities minister, is the subsequent favorite to go away the race after trailing behind ex-chancellor Rishi Sunak, Truss and Mordaunt.
MPs will vote in a ultimate spherical on Wednesday earlier than the final two contenders are voted on by Tory members over the summer time. A brand new prime minister can be put in by September 5.