Tory whips accused of threatening rebels with loss of local funding

  Backbenchers allege some were told offers under town deals scheme could be withheld in order to head off Commons defeats Government whips have been accused of threatening to withhold funding from Conservative MPs’ constituencies in a bid to clamp down on rebellions in key votes. Some of Boris Johnson’s backbenchers also claimed that would-be rebels who risk losing their seat in an upcomingparliamentary boundary review were warned they might not automatically be selected elsewhere. In addition, whips were accused of telling some in Tory-held marginals that they could lose “critical defence” funding from party headquarters worth up to £10,000. Continue reading... .. Full story on theguardian.com 

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