Boris Johnson looks set to make a u-turn after kicking out anti no deal MPs, as chief whip tells 21 Tory rebels they can appeal their suspension

The 21 Tory rebels who voted against a no deal Brexit and had the whip suspended could see it returned if they appeal, they were told today.

The rebels, including Ken Clarke, Dominic Grieve and Caroline Nokes, were punished for voting for a bill to prevent no deal on 31st October.

Today, the chief whip has asked the rebels if they wish to appeal their suspensions. He has told them that a new panel is being established to consider their cases.

The news suggests that Boris Johnson could be set to u-turn on his firm stance, which drew criticism from across the political divide.

Some rebels, such as those standing down at the next election, will not appeal their suspensions.