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Tory loses job after Lords revolt
Tory MP Angie Bray became the second ministerial aide to lose her unpaid job with the Government as she was sacked for voting against Lords reform.
Ms Bray was fired as parliamentary private secretary to Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude after she joined Conservative ranks opposed to plans backed by their leader David Cameron.
Speaking ahead of the vote, she told BBC Radio 4's The World at One: "I guess that in normal circumstances those who don't stand by the Government line get the chop so I'll wait for them to do that if that's what they want to do.
"But I don't feel that I need to resign because I don't actually feel that I'm doing anything wrong and certainly I'm not in any way going against what our own Conservative manifesto laid out."
Ms Bray studied medieval history at St Andrews University after leaving the independent Downe House Girls' School in Newbury, Berkshire.
She became a broadcast journalist with British Forces Broadcasting Service and worked on LBC Radio in 1980s before moving to Conservative Central Office and working as a press officer for John Major's successful Tory leadership campaign.
She later became a public affairs consultant before being elected to the Greater London Assembly in 2000 and 2004.
She was elected MP for Ealing Central and Acton at the last general election in May 2010 having unsuccessfully fought the East Ham seat in 1997.
Ms Bray, who lists her Who's Who interests as tennis, music, history, and walking her dogs, wrote on Twitter: "Sad2have2oppose Govt on House of Lords reforms but it is bad legislation."
what do you think?
Forcing her to resign is Dictatorship not Democracy
I agree that she did the right thing, but I also believe that a ministerial aide, even to a fool like Maude, should be expected to follow the government line or resign.
David Just because she works for Maude or for any other minister doesn't take away her right to have her own views, this is whwats wrong in government Mps are voting for things that they don't agree with, things their constiuents are against just to keep in with the party line which may be totall alin to their own beliefs. I think she has done right, iwish more MPs would have the same bottle.
She votes with her conscience against the govt and gets sacked. Maude started a petrol panic that gripped the nation and is still in his job. Tells you all you need to know about politics today and the power of the party machine.
An MP should have what I believe is a basic human right to vote according to what they believe is right.
Well, she walks out with her head held high. Being an aide to Maude, the fool who told people to store petrol (which is illegal and dangerous) and caused panic-buying at the pumps, is hardly a good start anyway.
Democracy, what is that? Our country sticks it nose in elsewhere to fight for it but then abandoned it here at home. Blair and Brown were much the same.
vote with us or lose your job is a form of blackmail and bullying. No wonder corruption is rife at the sharp end
That's democracy for you.