BRACKNELL MP Dr Phillip Lee has lost a vote of no confidence after the Bracknell Conservative Association (BCA) held a Special General meeting 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’.

There has been speculation around Dr Lee's future for months as many residents have clashed with his views on Brexit.

The MP has issued a statement in responce to the vote of no confidence which took place this morning at 11am.

Dr Phillip Lee MP said: "In the future, I may or may not decide that I can continue serving as a Conservative Member of Parliament and the Bracknell Conservative Association may or may not decide that they wish to readopt me as the Conservative Party's candidate.

"But one thing is for sure, we will not be forced into making a decision one way or the other by this orchestrated, destructive campaign from outside the Party that has done nothing but spread hatred, intimidation and distrust over a single issue. This is not the Conservative way, it is not the Bracknell way."

Recently, Dr Lee had slammed members who signed the petition, claiming more than half of them joined the association less than a year ago and called the vote of confidence an “unpleasant sideshow”.

The member of parliament didnt attend the BCA’s meeting as he revealed to the News it was an “attempt to intimidate” him.

Dr Peter Hill, chairman of the Great Holland's Conservative Party, said: "The mood in the room was overwhelming against Dr Philip Lee.

"Regardless of your views on Brexit he has proven himself to be a weak constituency MP. His failure to even attend demonstrates his complete disconnect with the local Party and the mood in the country.

"This vote demonstrates that Conservative Party Members now want to see a new Conservative Party Candidate in Bracknell at the next General Election."

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