03/04/2019 22:00 BST

Theresa May's Chief Spin Doctor Accused Of Wanting To 'Destroy' Brexit Compromise By Ex-Tory Minister Nick Boles

Robbie Gibb labelled a "hard Brexiter" by Nick Boles.

A former Tory minister has accused Theresa May’s chief spin doctor of seeking to undermine efforts to find a cross-party compromise on Brexit

Nick Boles, who quit the Tory party this week, labelled Robbie Gibb, the PM’s director of communications, a “hard Brexiter”.

It came after talks began between May and Jeremy Corbyn to find common ground for an exit deal amid stalemate in parliament. 

“I am no longer a member of the Conservative Party. So I can be blunt where previously I might have been discreet,” he said on Twitter.

“The PM’s head of communications Robbie Gibb is a hard Brexiter who wants to destroy the PM’s new search for a cross-party compromise.”

“The Prime Minister would do well to tell Mr Gibb to get back in his box - or go back to the BBC,” Boles added, referring to Gibb’s former employer. 

On Monday, Boles quit the party after his efforts to find a solution to the Brexit deadlock were rejected by MPs.

Boles said he was resigning the Tory whip “with immediate effect” because the party “has shown itself to be incapable of compromise”.

He said on Twitter that he would continue to sit in the House of Commons as an “Independent Progressive Conservative”.

The next day, he said May’s Cabinet is “the worst in recorded history” and no serving minister should be PM after Brexit.

The Grantham and Stamford MP said ministers had been “selfish”, were guilty of following blind “dogma”, had been “cowardly” and had “failed to lead”.