Former Education Minister Dame Andrea Jenkyns has spoken about being called into the Chief Whip’s office after voting against the Rwanda bill.
Speaking on GB News she said:“Let’s just say the meeting is standard practice. I was in the whip’s office; if you vote against the government, it’s normal practice to be called into the office.
“So we each had a meeting with the chief. And it was just a usual bog-standard thing really: asking why you voted against the government; I understand that some colleagues are getting frustrated.
“Above all it was about party unity, saying we need to pull together and take the fight against Starmer, and we do need to take the fight against Starmer.
“I was very honest and said about what my views are about party leadership. We left the meeting at the end and I shook the Chief’s hand. But all’s fair in love and war and this is politics, and he was just doing his job.
“I said everything I’ve said publicly, there’s no backdoors about me. It’s about actually standing up for the British public. What’s the point of having a policy if we’re not going to deliver on it? It gets people’s hopes up.
“If anything, I’m more annoyed with the colleagues who wanted the whip removed from eleven of us rather than the Chief [whip].
“One thing I can’t stand is hypocrisy, we see it on the Labour benches as well. Look how Starmer backed Corbyn – we see complete hypocrisy there.
“I’ve resigned previously; what’s the point of resigning if you’re not going to go the whole way? You end up peeing everybody off: your constituents yourself, even.”
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