Adonis ‘deeply sorry’ for telling Brexit supporters not to vote Labour

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As cross-party Brexit talks resumed between the Conservatives and Labour yesterday, they were accompanied by the now extremely-familiar background of Conservative MPs calling on the Prime Minister to stand down immediately and counter-arguments from the likes of Prisons Minister Rory Stewart that a new face at 10 Downing Street would not solve the country's divisions over Brexit. The list includes Rachel Johnson, the sister of Britain's ex-foreign secretary and arch-Brexiteer, Boris Johnson.

Farage said his party has already taken many votes from Ukip, which he used to head, after it took a series of wrong turns.

"This is the home of the Remain alliance", she said, adding the elections are a chance to reiterate the need for a second referendum on Brexit.

Nigel Farage has seized on the words of a prominent Labour peer who wants to stop Brexit as he targets Labour heartlands with his new Brexit Party. Announcing candidates for the elections on May 23, he described Clacton as the "most patriotic" town in the UK.

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The prime minister pledged to go if her Brexit deal was passed by parliament and announced a year ago that she would not lead the party into the next General Election.

In a live phone-in on LBC last September, Lord Adonis said: "If you are a Brexiter, I hope you won't vote for the Labour Party, because the Labour Party is moving increasingly against Brexit".

"I believe the only way we're going to break this impasse properly is if we have fresh leadership", he said.

Backbench MPs from her governing Conservative Party met in London and rejected calls for the party's rules to be changed to pave the way for a challenge to May as early as June.

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More than 800 of the party's most senior members, including the heads of the local associations, will take part in the vote.

TIG MP Angela Smith tweeted: "Such a shame to see a great anti-Brexit campaigner reduced to repeating meaningless lines from the Labour leadership".

But grassroots discontent could increase pressure on the 1922 Committee to find a way of forcibly removing her from office.

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