Before being elected as an MP, Boles served as Boris Johnson’s chief of staff while the current prime minister was mayor of London.
In his resignation speech from the Conservative Party in April 2019, Boles – who campaigned for Remain – said he was frustrated at the lack of compromise over Brexit.
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“I have given everything to an attempt to find a compromise that can take this country out of the European Union while maintaining our economic strength and political cohesion,” he said.
“I accept that I have failed. I have failed chiefly because my party refuses to compromise. I regret, therefore, that I can no longer sit for this party.”
Thursday’s local elections will see voters in 200 local authorities across Britain deciding who represents them.
As local Conservative candidates look to distance themselves from their national party, a growing number of independent candidates are hoping to take advantage of discontent with the main parties.