STROUD District MP David Drew has vowed to stand again if there is a snap general election.

Last night the MP voted in favour of a motion designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

The vote, Boris Johnson's first as PM, saw him lose to rebel Tories and opposition MPs.

The Commons voted 328 to 301 to take control of the agenda, allowing them to bring a bill requesting a Brexit delay.

Boris Johnson is to call for a general election if he is forced to request an extension to the October 31 deadline.

The next step is for MPs to vote on the Brexit delay bill. If it goes through, a vote on whether to hold an election will follow.

But an election cannot be called unless two thirds of MPs back the move.

David Drew said: "The people of Stroud, and the UK, have the right to be properly represented at this critical moment.

"Parliament is sovereign, as was emphasised by the Leave campaign, including many of those now in Government. It is deeply worrying that the Government is now treating Parliament and the electorate with such contempt.

"This is a critical week for Parliament, and I will be working hard with colleagues to do everything we can to safeguard this country from a disastrous no-deal Brexit.

"This Government has led us down a divisive and dangerous path when we should be concentrating on the real issues: housing, the climate crisis, education and public services."

He concluded with a commitment to standing in a snap election.

He said: "There is so much to be done, which is why I will continue to seek to represent the people of Stroud constituency whenever the General Election comes as your Labour and Cooperative Party MP, working for a fairer society for everyone."