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Tory MP Julian Lewis is kicked out of the party for working with Labor to beat Chris Grayling


A Tory MP was expelled from the Tory party this evening for "working with Labor and the Opposition" after beating Boris Johnson's election to Chris Grayling as chairman of the powerful Intelligence and Security Committee.

Dr. Julian Lewis secured the role despite the widespread expectation that Mr. Grayling would receive the support of the conservative-dominated Intelligence and Security Committee.

In a move that surprised Westminster tonight, the Tory leadership took rapid disciplinary action against Dr. Lewis.

It is generally believed that Boris Johnson wanted former Secretary of Transportation Grayling to chair the body overseeing the work of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.

After Dr. Tory's whip Lewis had been removed, a senior government source said the removal of the whip was due to the MP "working with Labor and other opposition MPs for his own benefit."

Opposition parties lined up tonight to take the step against Dr. To condemn Lewis as "dingy" and "psychopathic".

Labor Labor front Chris Chrisant said: “It is a serious mistake in clarification when a prime minister takes months to select the Secret Service and Security Committee members to take the chair, and they refuse to comply to deliver. Then throwing the new leader out of the party means losing control / conspiracy. & # 39;

Labor's deputy chairwoman Angela Rayner described the move against Dr. Lewis as "dingy". And Angus MacNeil from the SNP commented: "We are in the world of psychopathic politics … This is absolutely stunning!"

Mr. Grayling had been No10's candidate for the role, but a Labor and SNP coup is said to have allowed Tory Julian Lewis to secure the top job instead

The Tory leadership quickly took action against Dr. Lewis, after working with the opposition to secure the chairmanship of the powerful Intelligence and Security Committee

The Tory leadership quickly took action against Dr. Lewis, after working with the opposition to secure the chairmanship of the powerful Intelligence and Security Committee

The committee members voted instead for the former chairman of the selected defense committee, Dr. Lewis.

It is believed that Dr. Lewis only nominated himself for the role this afternoon, after it became clear that he would have the support of all four Labor and SNP votes.

Since the Conservatives had the majority – with five out of nine seats on the committee – there were concerns in Westminster that despite concerns about his expertise, Tory members would be "flogged" to support Mr. Grayling.

Former national security adviser Lord Ricketts warned that Mr. Grayling, nicknamed "Failing Grayling" during a troubled ministerial career, "disagrees" with the authority and reputation of former presidents.

After the success of Dr. Lewis told Lord Ricketts that the body was now in the hands of someone with a much broader defense and security experience.

In addition to Grayling and Dr. Lewis includes Tory MEPs Theresa Villiers, Sir John Hayes and Mark Pritchard, Labor MPs Dame Diana Johnson and Kevan Jones, Labor Peer Admiral Lord West and SNP MP Stewart Hosie.

Mr Johnson has been criticized for the delay in the appointment of the committee, which has not occurred since the dissolution of the last parliament in November last year.

Chris Grayling failed today to become the next secret service and security committee chair

Chris Grayling failed today to become the next secret service and security committee chair

The committee has not yet published its long-awaited report on Russia's interference in British politics after Mr Johnson refused to release it before last year's general election.

A committee source said: "This was a secret vote, but for him (Mr. Grayling) it was clear that some Tories decided not to vote for him."

Liberal Democrat foreign policy spokesman Alistair Carmichael said Mr. Johnson had named "yes men" ISC, but "faithful to form, but Grayling's failure to reverse its offer to become chairman".

"I hope we now have a real-tooth committee that this government can hold accountable," he added.

"It starts with the report before the summer break on Russia's interference in our democracy being published so that MEPs can examine it closely."

Mr. Grayling, the former Secretary of Transportation, was Downing Street's choice to take over the parliamentary body.

Mr. Grayling had nominated himself yesterday and should not have expected any challenge.

The former cabinet minister was generally expected to win the role after it became clear that he was the number 10 preferred candidate.

A parliamentary source told Sky News: "Someone is laying a red carpet for you and you somehow manage to trip over it and set it on fire."

The ISC, which is responsible for reviewing the work of the British secret services, has not been called up for the general election since December 2019 after its dissolution.

Earlier this week, she selected her members from across the House of Commons and the Lords.

Now that it has a chairman, it will be under pressure to quickly publish a long-awaited report on Russia's interference in British democracy.

SNP Defense spokesman Stewart McDonald MP said: “This is another mess of the Tory government, which has not had a functioning intelligence and security committee since the elections in more than six months.

& # 39; With his miserable record of failure as a Tory minister, Chris Grayling is the only man who could lose a rigged election, but it is true that the committee elected a chairman and it should now take on the crucial role the control and oversight ensure security issues after months of delay. & # 39;

Liberal Democrat foreign policy spokesman Alistair Carmichael said Mr. Johnson had named "yes men" ISC, but "faithful to form, but Grayling's failure to reverse its offer to become chairman".

"I hope we now have a real-tooth committee that this government can hold accountable," he added.

"It starts with the report before the summer break on Russia's interference in our democracy being published so that MEPs can examine it closely."

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