By Tim Stickings For Mailonline
Published: 23:36 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 23:46 BST, 1 April 2019
Former minister Nick Boles is the latest Remainer to quit the Tories as Theresa May fights a losing battle to bring the warring factions of her party under control.
Mr Boles said he would sit as an 'Independent Progressive Conservative' after dramatically crossing the floor last night.
The final straw for him was a narrow defeat, by 21 votes, for his Norway-plus proposal in the latest round of 'indicative votes' on Brexit.
But Mr Boles, a prominent gay Conservative and strong David Cameron supporter, who has called himself a 'country boy turned metrosexual' has been on the brink of leaving the party for some time.
Nick Boles MP, pictured in the Commons last night, said he would sit as an 'Independent Progressive Conservative' after dramatically quitting the Tories
Mr Boles, educated at Winchester and Oxford, was first elected a Tory councillor in 1998 in the City of Westminster in London.
Now aged 53, he is also a two-time cancer survivor, having successful treatment in 2007 and again in 2017.
He entered Parliament in 2010, winning the Lincolnshire seat of Grantham and Stamford which he held comfortably in the 2015 and 2017 general elections.
In 2012 he became a minister under David