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Lewis becomes the first Conservative MP to lose the whip during this Parliament. But he may not be the last

23 days ago   |   By Conservative Home

In 2011, Julian Lewis sat next to his friend, John Bercow, as he was first elected Commons Speaker. Now he has followed the same trajectory - out of the Conservative Parliamentary Party altogether.
It is true that Bercow gave up the Tory whip, while Lewis has had it removed from him. Nonetheless, the two men, who made their name together as ardent new backbenchers in 1997, happy to carry fresh fight to New Labour Ministers in their glory days, have long been “on a journey”.
There was a sense even then that they saw themselves as outsiders in a stuffy Tory club. But while Bercow transformed...
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