Scilly's MP won't reveal No Confidence vote

The Isles of Scilly's MP has refused to divulge how he voted in Wednesday's No Confidence Vote in the Prime Minister.

Derek Thomas, Conservative MP for the St Ives constituency, told Radio Scilly that he Derek Thomas, Conservative MP for the St Ives constituency, told Radio Scilly that he decided during the 2016 leadership battle won by Theresa May that he would not engage in a discussion about how he voted in the future.

Asked by Scilly resident Paul Charnock to share the information with his constituents, he said: "We had a leadership challenge two and a half years ago and it was just ridiculous. The whole bit about how we vote and how we don’t vote was just such a distraction from getting on with what I was trying to do.

"I decided then, much to the disgust of the BBC, that I’m not actually going to engage in that discussion going forward, so however many leadership challenges I may be subject to as a member of parliament, I decided I will not comment on who I voted for or how I voted."

Derek added that he thinks the vote will soon be irrelevant as matters move forward.

"[On Thursday] there was all sorts of speculation about what could happen, [on Friday] the PM had the backing of MPs, she’s doing what she can to get Brexit through and then we’ve got all sorts of other things that need to be done. For example Devon & Cornwall Police will soon announce potentially an extra £22 million, which obviously helps secure policing on the Isles of Scilly. So it’s these kinds of things that really matter to people rather than how MPs engage in what is a secret ballot."

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