Show Hide image The Staggers 9 April 2014 Michael Fabricant sacked as Tory vice chairman Outspoken Tory dismissed for opposing HS2 and tweeting "about time" in response to Maria Miller's resignation. Print HTML In a fitting end to today's omnishambles, Michael Fabricant has just announced that he's been sacked as Conservative vice chairman. The always outspoken MP for Lichfield was dismissed for vowing to rebel against HS2 and for tweeting "about time" in response to Maria Miller's resignation. Here's how he announced the news on Twitter. Been asked to resign as Vice Chairman, refused, so sacked over HS2 and my views on a recent Cabinet Minister. Still available 4 speeches etc — Michael Fabricant (@Mike_Fabricant) April 9, 2014 Earlier today, he wrote: "Maria Miller has resigned. Well, about time." He later added: "Note to self: If ever a minister again, be like Mark Harper. If in trouble, resign quickly and in a dignified manner." Rather than his fairly innocuous comments on Miller (although "about time" does suggest that Cameron was too slow to act), I suspect that his opposition to HS2 was the main reason No. 10 decided he had to go. With a significant number of Conservative backbenchers opposed to the project, Cameron couldn't afford to show any hint of weakness. Allowing Fabricant to rebel against HS2 and remain in his post would have been an incitement for others to do the same. Fabricant, meanwhile, is deriding his sacking as a "knee-jerk decision". › Why is Europe failing to protect its Roma population from hate crimes? George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. From only £1 per week Subscribe More Related articles Could Labour lose the Oldham by-election? Let 2016 be the year that Ireland gives women the right to choose Does the UK care enough about climate change to admit it is part of the problem?