Anti-lockdown campaigner Sir Graham Brady has been re-elected as the chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench Conservative MPs.
The member for Altrincham and Sale West had faced a challenge for the influential role from Heather Wheeler, a former whip and Foreign Office junior minister.
After the secret ballot, which is only open to Tory MPs who are not on the Government payroll, Sir Graham thanked his colleagues for their backing, saying:
“It is a privilege to have been re-elected as chairman of the 1922 Committee after 11 years serving the parliamentary Conservative Party, I am grateful to my colleagues for this vote of confidence.”
It’s well known Downing Street has been unhappy with Sir Graham who has been in the post since 2010. He’s been a vocal critic of lockdown restrictions and several times has voted against the Government. Mrs Wheeler was widely regarded to be No 10’s preferred candidate.
Often referred to as the ‘shop steward’ of Tory MPs, it is up to the 1922 chairman to tell the Conservative prime minister if they have lost the support of the backbenches.