Boris Johnson resignation Tobias Ellwood MP pictured giving media interviews on College Green, Westminster, after prime minister Boris Johnson announced his resignation. Picture date: Thursday July 7, 2022. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/Empics PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUKxIRL Copyright: xMattxCrossickx 67782923

A few weeks before his planned departure from office, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has thrown out one of his most staunch opponents within the party: Tobias Ellwood is no longer part of the Tory group.

The reason for this is his absence from the vote of confidence brought by the government on Monday. This was announced by the Conservative Party’s Whip Office, which is responsible for group discipline, on Tuesday.

Ellwood, who is said to be one of the few remaining anti-Brexit opponents in the Tory party, said he deeply regrets losing membership of the group. After a visit to Moldova, however, he was unable to find a flight due to travel difficulties so that he could be there in time for the vote on Monday evening. The government prevailed with a majority of 111 votes.