A HAMPSHIRE MP who was effectively expelled from the Conservative Party after rebelling over Brexit has had the whip restored.

MP for Romsey and Southampton North, Caroline Nokes, was one of ten politicians to rejoin the parliamentary party following a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Ms Nokes was one of 21 MPs who was kicked out of the party in September after backing a plan to take control of the Commons timetable to pass legislation to block a no-deal Brexit.

However, she supported the move to progress the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill and a three-day timetable for completing this last week, which would have seen the United Kingdom leave on October 31.

Ms Nokes voted against the Letwin Amendment, tabled by MP Oliver Letwin, which is designed to withhold approval of the Prime Minister's Brexit deal until relevant legislation has passed.

As previously reported in the Romsey Advertiser, Ms Nokes said she voted against the Letwin amendment because she felt it was "important to progress with the vote on the deal as soon as possible".

She added: "I would have been content to have sat through the night and whole weekend should it have been necessary."

The MP also told the Advertiser she hopes to stand as the "Conservative candidate in the next General Election".

Former ministers Greg Clark, Ed Vaizey, Margot James, Richard Benyon, Stephen Hammond, and Richard Harrington also had the whip restored.

A Conservative spokesman said Boris Johnson met with 10 of the 21 rebels in his Commons office on Tuesday evening.

He was said to have told them he always wanted to find a way for them to rejoin the party, and the ten MPs accepted his offer to be readmitted.

“They have had the whip offered back to them, they have accepted the whip: they are Conservative Members of Parliament with the Tory whip,” the spokesman added.

He said the decision was not a comment on the other 11 who have not had the whip restored.

Among them are former Tory chancellors Philip Hammond and Ken Clarke, along with former justice secretary David Gauke.

Ms Nokes declined to comment after having the whip restored.