Boris Johnson to seek election after rebel Tories deliver Commons defeat

MPs vote to seize control of Commons timetable in attempt to block no-deal Brexit

Boris Johnson has announced that he will ask parliament to support plans for a snap October general election after suffering a humiliating defeat in his first House of Commons vote as prime minister.

Former cabinet ministers including Philip Hammond and David Gauke were among 21 Conservative rebels who banded together with opposition MPs to seize control of the parliamentary timetable on a dramatic day in Westminster.

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