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Brexit crisis: Rising star Sarah Newton resigns after defying whips

Sarah Newton
Sarah Newton

Sarah Newton's quiet rise within the Conservative ranks was dealt a self-inflicted blow with her decision to vote against the Government over Brexit.

The mother-of-three resigned moments after defying the whips to vote for the cross-party amendment rejecting a no-deal Brexit.

History graduate Mrs Newton, a former director of Age Concern England, was among the 2010 intake of MPs, becoming the first person to win the newly created seat of Truro and Falmouth. She has held it ever since.

In 2012, at the height of the furore over the introduction of the so-called 'pasty tax', the Cornish MP spoke in the Commons about the cherished delicacy.

Issuing a warning to the then-Chancellor George Osborne, she said: "There is growing concern throughout about the possible unintended consequences of the Budget and about the undoubtedly real threat to the Cornish pasty of the pasty tax."

From May 2015 to July 2016, Mrs Newton was a whip with responsibility for Defra, before moving to the Home Office as a junior minister. She was later appointed minister for disabled people, health and work, before becoming work and pensions minister in November 2017.

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