Anna Soubry is going nowhere, says fellow remainer Justine Greening
Soubry wants extreme Brexiteers to be 'slung out' of the Tory party. Or does she?
The Conservative front bench is "in hock to 35 hard, ideological Brexiteers who are not Tories" and "it's about time Theresa stood up to them and slung 'em out”, Anna Soubry explosively declared last night.
The plain-speaking former minister then threatened to leave if nothing changed, thundering that “I'm not going to stay in a party which has been taken over by the likes of Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson”.
But at least one Tory on the same side of the tracks as Soubry cannot quite bring themselves to believe it.
Appearing on the BBC’s Daily Politics show, former education secretary Justine Greening first doubted her colleague’s commitment to kicking out the hardcore Brexiteers.
“I don’t think Anna wants to see – as she puts it – people being slung out of the party.”
The Remain-voting Putney MP was then asked if Soubry would really leave the party - and she took a similarly sceptical stance.
Greening replied: “I can’t speak for Anna but I don’t think she will. I think she’s a very passionate person and that’s what you see, I think that’s a good thing. I’m absolutely sure she will remain part of our Conservative party. I certainly hope so."
But the former education secretary sounded less sure about her own place in the party when she confessed it might might be "a bit of of a stretch" to stay on board if Rees Mogg became leader...