Published On: Sat, Mar 30th, 2019

Brexit news: Remainer Dominic Grieve calls for inquiry on ‘INFILTRATION’ of Ukip | UK | News

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The anti- Tory MP told Sky News he intended to “carry on” in his role and was “very grateful” for some of the criticism and support he received at the Friday night annual general meeting of the Beaconsfield Constituency Conservative Association. But Mr Grieve claimed Jon Conway, who stood as the Ukip candidate in his constituency in 2017 and is reported to have organised Mr Grieve’s opponents, only joined the Association with the intention to oust him from his seat.

He said: “I would be very concerned if the local party was suspended.

“My officers are right thinking and extremely good people and the association is run by very good people.

“It’s a functioning association.

“I’m sure that we need to pay some attention to the extent to which infiltration has taken place and the extent to which there may be members of the associations who in fact are not there for legitimate reasons.

“That having been said, my intention is to carry on as before as I said last night at the meeting.

“I note what people have said to me and criticised me and some people came and criticised me whilst still supporting me.

“I’m very grateful for their criticism and I will continue to keep that in mind as we try to find a way out of this current crisis.”

The chairman of the Beaconsfield Constituency Conservative Association Jackson Ng said the no confidence vote motion was passed at the association’s annual general meeting on Friday.

“Our members had a robust discussion with our MP, Dominic Grieve QC on Brexit before voting on a motion of confidence in him as our MP, which, I can confirm with a heavy heart that he failed to retain,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“He remains our Conservative MP but I will be speaking as soon as possible to my fellow officers and the executive council.”

Mr Grieve, a former attorney general, was one of the MPs behind the cross-party move to seize control of Commons business to stage a series of indicative votes on alternatives to Theresa May’s deal.

Beaconsfield narrowly voted for Leave in the 2016 referendum by a majority of just 570 votes.

A number of Conservative MPs swiftly criticised the no confidence vote after it was announced late on Friday.

Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis expressed his support for Mr Grieve and said that the vote, passed by 182 to 131 – had no formal standing under party rules.

“Part of the strength of our party is that we are a broad church. Dominic is somebody who has contributed to Parliament, is a clear strong Conservative and he is an asset to the party,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

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