In yet another blow to Boris Johnson Amber Rudd the Work and Pensions secretary has quit the Cabinet and the Tory Party.
Rudd hit out at the prime minister for kicking out 21 Tory MPs and not allowing them to stand at the next general election.
She attacked Johnson saying his move is an “act of political vandalism,” and added, “I cannot stand by as good, loyal moderate Conservatives are expelled.”
Rudd wrote in her resignation letter, “This short-sighted culling of my colleagues has stripped the party of broad-minded and dedicated Conservative MPs.
“I cannot support this act of political vandalism.”
She said on Twitter, “I have resigned from cabinet and surrendered the Conservative whip.
“I have spoken to the PM and my association chairman to explain.
“I remain committed to the One Nation values that drew me into politics.”
Speaking to the Sunday time Rudd said, “Unfortunately I can no longer continue to serve, and I have been surprised by the lack of work and preparation that is going into getting a deal with the European Union.
“I knew and I accept that the prime minister should be able to leave no-deal on the table but what I had expected to see was a huge government-centred effort to get a deal and at the moment there is a lot of work going on into no deal and not enough into getting a deal.”
She added, “I’ve seen 21 of my colleagues, good strong conservative MPs with true moderate progressive values, excluded from the party, indicating that the Conservative Party which is such a force for good no longer has a place for people who have different views on the European Union.”
A spokesperson for Number 10 said, “We are disappointed to learn that Amber has chosen to leave government and the party.
“She was a talented welfare minister but all ministers who joined the cabinet signed up to leaving the EU on 31 October come what may, delivering on the referendum result as the public were promised. That has not changed.”