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Alex Regan

BBC News

Veteran Rushcliffe MP Ken Clarke has been thrown out of the Conservative Party after rebelling against the Government last night.

The former chancellor, who has represented the Nottinghamshire constituency for nearly 50 years, told BBC's Newsnight he no longer recognises his party, and was critical of Boris Johnson's Government.

He said his party has, "been taken over by a rather knock-about character who's got this bizarre 'crash it through' philosophy".

He said the cabinet was the "most right-wing" any Conservative Party had ever produced. "They're not in control of events," he claimed.

Mr Clarke - a known Europhile - voted alongside 21 Tory rebels last night to allow backbenchers to take over the Parliamentary agenda, in an attempt to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

The Father Of The House was thrown out of the Conservative Party alongside Sir Nicholas Soames, grandson of Winston Churchill, and former chancellor Philip Hammond, among others.

Mr Clarke had already said he did not intend to contest another election.

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