BRACKNELL MP Phillip Lee is set to face a vote of no confidence at a meeting of the Bracknell Conservative Association (BCA) on Saturday, June 1.

This comes after a petition with 53 members’ signatures was received by the BCA entitled ‘the Bracknell Conservative Association has no confidence in Dr Phillip Lee MP as the Conservative member of Parliament for the constituency of Bracknell’.

The petition will be debated at a special general meeting of the BCA in under three weeks time.

Speculation about Dr Lee’s future has been circulating for months as many residents have clashed with his views on Brexit.

Ardent remain supporter Philip Lee quit as a junior justice minister in June 2018 in protest at the government’s Brexit strategy.

The News contacted Dr Lee’s office and understands he will make a statement on the confidence vote in the coming hours.

Earlier this week resident Richard Arturi-Thomas told the News: “As a former Conservative Party member, parliamentary candidate and national executive committee member, I would like to have a decent Conservative candidate to vote for at the next general election.

“So, when will Bracknell Conservatives finally get round to deselecting Phillip Lee as their candidate for the next election?

“I ask because, in so many ways, he has proved to be a bad representative for the area.

“On Europe, he is out of step with his constituency (to whom Parliament delegated the decision on whether to leave the EU).”

Gerry Barber, chairman of the Bracknell Conservative Association, told the News: “I can confirm that a number of members of Bracknell Conservative Association (BCA) have put forward a motion of no confidence in Dr. Phillip Lee, our MP. This motion will be discussed at a special meeting of members to be held on 1 June and a vote for support of the motion or otherwise, will be taken of qualifying members present.”