Who is Alberto Costa and why did Thersa May SACK the Tory MP over Brexit?

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TORY backbencher Alberto Costa expressed his delight after his Brexit amendment was passed without a vote.

Mr Costa’s no deal proposal has been widely praised and had the backing of more than 140 MPs. So why was he sacked?

Tory MP Alberto Costa'quit' his position as an unpaid parliamentary aide in the Scotland Office
Tory MP Alberto Costa ‘quit’ his position as an unpaid parliamentary aide in the Scotland Office
Chris McAndrew

Who is Alberto Costa?

Alberto Costa has been MP for South Leicestershire since the 2015 general election.

The Tory was born November 13 1971 to Italian parents who are now UK residents.

He attended the University of Glasgow and trained as a solicitor before working in the Treasury Solicitor’s Department.

Mr Costa, who opposed Brexit before the 2016 referendum, is known for lobbying the Prime Minister over citizen’s rights.

Conservative MP Alberto Costa speaking to members of the House of Commons
Conservative MP Alberto Costa speaking to members of the House of Commons
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He launched the Costa amendment to protect expat citizens’ rights in the event of a no-deal, and it passed without a vote.

Mr Costa was an unpaid parliamentary aide in the Scotland Office until his no-deal was accepted by Downing Street.

Why did Theresa May SACK the Tory MP over Brexit?

Downing Street officials said in a statement, Mr Costa quit his role as an unpaid parliamentary aide in the Scotland Office on February 27.

But the Labour Party has accused Theresa May of sacking him.

A spokesman for Mrs May said: “He’s resigned from the Government. There’s a long-standing convention that members of the Government payroll don’t table amendments to government bills.

“Clearly this is an issue that he feels strongly about and so he has chosen to resign from the Government.”

But earlier in the day, Home Secretary Sajid Javid told MPs that he supported the amendment as there was “nothing” wrong with it.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said his removal “prolongs the anxiety and uncertainty that over five million people have faced for two-and-a-half years”.

And MP Anna Soubry, who defected to the Independent Group blasted British politics as “broken”.


She tweeted: “Alberto has shown great courage in tabling this Amendment I was proud to support.

“Govt has accepted it but then sacked him – which is nasty and petty.

“Pretty much says everything about how badly broken our politics are.”

Mr Costa later tweeted: “Delighted to see my amendment pass with the Gov adopting in full.

“It’s been a journey but immensely grateful to those colleagues who have supported as well as the excellent & , seeing so many messages of hope/encouragement have made this all worth it.”



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