Dr Julian Lewis has Tory whip removed after running against PM’s security committee chair pick

Boris Johnson has taken revenge against a Tory MP who defeated his pick to be the new Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) chair – by removing the whip.

Dr Julian Lewis is no longer sitting as a Conservative in parliament after he ran against the government’s nominee for the top job, Chris Grayling, and won.

A senior government source said the punishment was for “working with Labour and other opposition MPs for his own advantage”.

Opposition politicians called it “psychopath politics” and branded those behind the decision a “grubby shower”.

Mr Grayling had been expected to become the ISC chair – putting him in charge of scrutinising the UK’s intelligence agencies MI5, MI6, and GCHQ – in a vote by other committee members on Wednesday.

Packed with a Tory majority for the first time in recent history, Number 10 was counting on other members to back their candidate.

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