Dominic Grieve: I will 'stand on my own' if deselected

Dominic Grieve

Friday, May 17, 2019

Dominic Grieve has revealed he would be willing to stand as an independent MP in the next general election if deselected.

The former Attorney General is facing a deselection vote in his Beaconsfield constituency, which comes after Beaconsfield Conservatives passed a vote of no confidence vote in Mr Grieve back in March.

"If my assocation is unwilling to support me as a candidate in the general election, then I have to face some choices," he told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"Either to withdraw completely or I would have to go and stand on my own if necessary, if I wanted to persevere."

He continued: "I think we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. It's rather a long way round the road."

His appearance on the breakfast show followed the news that the Prime Minister is willing to set out a road map for her resignation, followed by Boris Johnson announcing he will throw his hat in the ring for Conservative leader.

"Whoever takes over the leadership of the Conservative Party and becomes, I presume Prime MInister, is going to face exactly the same problem, which is that resolving this crisis means thinking creatively about a solution," Mr Grieve added.

"My personal take is that the negotiations for transition and withdrawal are probably over, and there is no further give. It's possible that a new leader of the Conservative Party may believe that they could reopen those negotiations. All I can say is good luck to them."

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