Tory vice-chair sacked over HS2 comments

Conservative MP Michael Fabricant has been sacked as the party vice-chairman after his outspoken criticism of the HS2 rail link.

Fabricant claimed on Twitter that he was asked to reign but refused, and was then sacked over the comments along with those he made about former Culture Secretary Maria Miller's resignation.

The MP is set to lead a Tory revolt against the £50 billion HS2 rail scheme later this month, calling for legislation paving the way for the London-Birmingham link to be denied a second reading.