Cumbrian MP Rory Stewart learned he had been sacked as a Conservative MP via text as he was accepting an award for politician of the year.

The Penrith and the Border MP - now sitting as an independent rather than a Conservative - was informed that he was barred from sitting in the Commons as a Conservative while accepting GQ's politician of the year award.

Joined by the likes of Nicole Kidman, David Beckham, Stormzy and Greta Thunberg, the GQ awards were held in the Tate Modern in central London to celebrate a range of celebrities anointed by the magazine as having impressed in 2019.

Speaking this morning on BBC Radio 4, he described the moment he was informed by Conservative Party bosses that he was no longer allowed to sit in Parliament as a Tory MP via a text message.

He lamented this morning the decision taken by the Johnson government - who will face his first Prime Minister's Questions this lunchtime - to sack 21 Conservative rebels after last night's key Brexit vote.

"The people who have had their whips removed were amongst the most loyal, quietest members of Parliament," he said.