Amber Rudd quits Cabinet and Tories in new setback to Boris Johnson

Amber Rudd has sensationally quit the Cabinet and the Conservative Party in protest at Boris Johnson's handling of Brexit.

The Hastings and Rye MP has quit her post as work and pensions secretary and said she was relinquishing the Tory whip after the Prime Minister sacked 21 rebels this week.

Mr Johnson removed the whip from two former chancellors and Winston Churchill's grandson after they voted to give Opposition MPs control of the order paper and start the process of blocking a no-deal Brexit.

Ms Rudd declared: "I cannot stand by as good, loyal moderate Conservatives are expelled.

"I have spoken to the PM and my Association Chairman to explain. I remain committed to the One Nation values that drew me into politics."

Former minister Damian Green tweeted: "This is desperately sad."

Leader of The Independent Group for Change, Anna Soubry, tweeted Rudd's resignation letter alongside the words: "At last. #respect."

Former Conservative MP and minister Nick Boles – who quit the party in April after his soft Brexit plan failed – tweeted: "Everyone has a point beyond which they cannot be pushed.

"Amber Rudd has reached hers. How much more of the party he inherited will Johnson destroy before he has second thoughts or is stopped by his Cabinet colleagues?"

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Demonstrators remonstrate with police officers on Whitehall, during an anti-government protest calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, near Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2019. - Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators remonstrate with police officers on Whitehall, during an anti-government protest calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, near Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2019. - Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators remonstrate with police officers on Whitehall, during an anti-government protest calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, near Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2019. - Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators remonstrate with police officers on Parliament Square, during an anti-government protest calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, near Whitehall and Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2019. - Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators remonstrate with police officers on Parliament Square, during an anti-government protest calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, near Whitehall and Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2019. - Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators remonstrate with police officers on Parliament Square, during an anti-government protest calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, near Whitehall and Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2019. - Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Demonstrators remonstrate with police officers on Whitehall, during an anti-government protest calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, near Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2019. - Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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A placard is showing the face of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a protest march in Sheffield , England , on 7th September 2019. (Photo by Giannis Alexopoulos/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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A placard is showing the face of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a protest march in Sheffield , England , on 7th September 2019. (Photo by Giannis Alexopoulos/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Britain's opposition Labour party MP Diane Abbott attends an anti-government protest calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, outside Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2019. - Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A police officer talks with a pro-Brexit supporter (C) with a bloodied nose, received after a remonstration with a pro-EU supporter, during a March for Change protesting the suspension of Parliament and the Prime Minister's approach to Brexit, in central London on September 7, 2019, (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's opposition Labour party MP Diane Abbott (C) attends an anti-government protest calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, outside Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2019. - Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Activists hold placards and wave EU flags as during an anti-government protest calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, outside Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2019. - Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Activists hold placards and wave EU flags as during an anti-government protest calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, outside Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2019. - Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. (Photo by David Mirzoeff/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Police restrain a demonstrator during an anti-government protest calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, outside Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2019. - Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Activists hold placards as they demonstrate during an anti-government protest calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, outside Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2019. - Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Activists wear EU flag themed t-shirts and wave EU flags during an anti-government protest calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, outside Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2019. - Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Activists demonstrate during an anti-government protest calling for the Prime Minister's resignation, outside Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2019. - Britain's upper house on Friday gave final approval to a law that would force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, in a fresh setback for the British Prime Minister who is struggling in his bid to call an early election. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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