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10 rebel MPs have the whip restored by Prime Minister

Ten MPs who were expelled from the Conservative Party last month after rebelling over Brexit have had the whip restored.

Figures including Sir Nicholas Soames and Alistair Burt were among those who have been readmitted to the parliamentary party after a meeting with the Prime Minister.

Twenty-one MPs were kicked out of the party last month after they backed a plan to take control of the Commons timetable to pass legislation to block a no-deal Brexit.

Former ministers Caroline Nokes, Greg Clark, Ed Vaizey, Margot James, Richard Benyon, Stephen Hammond, Steve Brine and Richard Harrington have also had the whip restored. It comes as MPs backed Boris Johnson's call for a general election.

The Conservative Party said Mr Johnson met with 10 of the rebels in his Commons office yesterday evening.

He was said to have told them he always wanted to find a way for them to rejoin the party, and the MPs accepted his offer to be readmitted.

"They have had the whip offered back to them, they have accepted the whip: they are Conservative Members of Parliament with the Tory whip," the party added.

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