Lord Heseltine, one of 13 Conservative peers to rebel and vote against the Government in yesterday’s vote in the House of Lords (calling for a “meaningful” parliamentary vote on the final terms secured by Theresa May on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU), has been sacked as a Government adviser on regional growth.
Heseltine, aged 83, served as a minister in the Thatcher government and confirmed he was informed by the Conservative chief whip in the Lords that he was to be sacked from the five jobs with which he has been helping the Government.
“This is entirely the right of the prime minister and I’m sorry that the expertise which I have put at the government’s disposal over the last six years has now come to an end,” he said. “However, in the last resort, I believe, as I said in the House of Lords, 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.”