Lord Heseltine sacked by Theresa May after House of Lords Brexit rebellion

Lord Heseltine removed from Government advisor position after Brexit House of Lords vote rebellion

The Tory peer voted against the Government regarding a key amendment

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Following his rebellion in the House of Lords on Brexit, Lord Heseltine has been sacked as an advisor to the Government. 

After warning the departure from the European Union was the "most momentous peacetime decision of our time", the Conservative peer voted against the Government regarding an amendment to the Brexit bill.

This amendment will force Theresa May's government to give Parliament a "meaningful" vote on the final trade deal.

Following this, Heseltine was informed the Prime Minister was dismissing him from all the areas he advised upon. 

He told the Press Association: "I've just been told by the Lords' Chief Whip No 10 is to sack me from the five jobs with which I have been helping the Government following my vote in the House of Lords.

"This is the right of the Prime Minister. I'm sorry the expertise I've put at the Government's disposal over the last six years has ended.

"However, as I said in the House of Lords, I believe the future of this country is inextricably interwoven with our European friends.

"It's the duty of Parliament to assert its sovereignty in determining the legacy we leave to new generations of young people."