Rogue Tories conspiracy with Liberal Democrats: rebel MPs stripped the whip for voting against Boris Johnson's Brexit policy shortly before agreeing to an election pact with Jo Swinson's party
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Rebel Tory's MPs, deprived of the party whip for voting against Boris Johnson's Brexit policy, are on the verge of agreeing an aggression-free pact with Jo Swinson's Liberal Democrats.
According to the plan, the Liberals and Greens would not put up candidates against Rory Stewart, Sam Gyimah, Margot James and Dominic Grieve if the rebels could not return to the party.
In return, if they beat the official Tory candidates and win the lower house elections, they would agree to do a "soft whip" on the liberals, which means that they would vote with Ms. Swinson's party on select issues.
Making progress: Jo Swinson, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has reached an agreement with Tory rebels to help every side that comes out most in the House of Commons
The hope is that other Tory outcasts will join.
It is unclear what name they would be under, although one option is being considered, the "Liberal Conservatives". The "Coupon Pact" – a reference to the Tory-Liberal Coalition of 1918 – is brokered by Mr Stewart, a Penrith MP, and his constituency neighbor in Cumbria, former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron. A source said: “Tim and Rory are the main powers. A lot has been written. & # 39;
Of the 21 Tory MPs who were kicked out for voting against the Prime Minister, ten wanted to stand again.
The remaining 11 were planning to step down on the next election.
The strategy comes when Luciana Berger has joined the Liberal Democrats and says: "They are the strongest party to stop Brexit."
Less than 10 strategists are concerned about the impact of a broader coupon pact between discontented Tories and the Liberals on the Tories, which would increase pressure on Boris Johnson to conclude a similar agreement with Nigel Farage's Brexit party.
The coalition coupon was a letter to the parliamentary candidates in the 1918 election, in which they were confirmed as official representatives of the coalition government. It was signed by Prime Minister David Lloyd George for the coalition liberals and Bonar Law, the leader of the Conservative Party.
One of the rebels, Sir Nicholas Soames, said yesterday that despite the loss of the whip, he would continue to vote conservatively. His grandfather, Sir Winston Churchill, went over to the Liberals before returning to the Tories – and said he "rattled and rattled again".
Sir Nicholas described Ms. Swinson as a "very impressive young lady" and said he would not change loyalty anyway. He added, "I've rattled enough for a week."