A Berkshire MP who resigned from his ministerial role over Brexit has lost a vote of no confidence by his local Conservative Association.
On Saturday (1 June) Bracknell Conservative Association held a special general meeting to discuss and vote on a motion of no confidence in Dr Phillip Lee MP for Bracknell.
After debate the assembled members of the party voted and determined that they do not have confidence in the Member of Parliament, and announced they would not be issuing any further statements.
In response, Dr Phillip Lee released a statement claiming the vote was inspired by Brexit.
He also said he believes the majority of members at the association opposed his views on the matter.
The MP backed remain in 2016, and said in his statement that the public should be given a say on if, and how, Brexit is delivered.
Dr Lee said:
"This Vote of No Confidence has been inspired by one issue – Brexit has divided our nation for three years and could lead to a complete realignment of our political parties.
"I have never been in any doubt that a majority of my Conservative Association’s membership have opposed my view on Brexit, mostly at the same time as agreeing with me that the Government’s Withdrawal Agreement would be bad for our country and should be rejected – as I have repeatedly done in Parliament.
"However, as a Member of Parliament, I do not represent only the views of Conservative Association members.
"I do not even represent only the views of Conservative voters.
"Rather, I am elected to represent the best interests of everyone in the Bracknell constituency – young and old, of every political persuasion and none and including those of future generations who are still too young to vote."
In his statement Dr Lee said he was 'absolutely committed' to serving Bracknell's best interests in Parliament.
You can find his full statement here.