BORIS Johnson last night restored the Tory whip to ten of the MPs he sacked last month – but key ex-Cabinet ministers were still left out in the cold.

The PM met the ten in his Commons office to tell them they were welcome back and could stand for the party in the December 12 election.

 Sir Nicholas Soames has had the whip restored to him along with nine other Tory rebels

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Sir Nicholas Soames has had the whip restored to him along with nine other Tory rebels
 Boris Johnson told the 10 MPs that he always wanted to find a way for them to rejoin the party

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Boris Johnson told the 10 MPs that he always wanted to find a way for them to rejoin the partyCredit: AP:Associated Press

But ex-Chancellors Philip Hammond and Ken Clarke, former Justice Secretary David Gauke and serial rebel Sir Oliver Letwin were not included.

Amber Rudd, who resigned in protest at the PM’s Brexit strategy last month, has not been offered the whip back either.

They are effectively barred from standing at the next general election as Tory candidates in retaliation for rebelling over Brexit.

The ten offered a return were told by the PM that he always wanted to find a way for them to rejoin the party — and all have accepted his invitation.

They include senior figures such as Winston Churchill’s grandson Sir Nicholas Soames, former Cabinet ministers Greg Clark and Caroline Nokes and former foreign office minister Alistair Burt.

Mr Hammond had earlier lashed out at Mr Johnson for purging him and other rebels from the party.

And he even claimed the PM was deliberately squeezing out Tory moderates and replacing them with hardline Brexiteers.

The ex-Chancellor told the BBC: “I fear that the real narrative here is that the Vote Leave activists, the cohort that has seized control in Downing Street, and to some extent in the headquarters of the Conservative Party, wants this General Election to change the shape of the Conservative Party in Parliament.”

 Alistair Burt MP also had the Tory whip restored to him

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Alistair Burt MP also had the Tory whip restored to him
 Former immigration minister Caroline Nokes is also back in the Tory fold

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Former immigration minister Caroline Nokes is also back in the Tory foldCredit: AFP or licensors
 Ex-Business Secretary Greg Clark has had the whip restored on October 29

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Ex-Business Secretary Greg Clark has had the whip restored on October 29Credit: Darren Fletcher – The Sun
 Ed Vaizey will now be able to stand for the Tories in the December 12 election

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Ed Vaizey will now be able to stand for the Tories in the December 12 electionCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 Margot James, MP for Stourbridge, is one of the ten Tory rebels who have come back

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Margot James, MP for Stourbridge, is one of the ten Tory rebels who have come backCredit: UK Parliament
 Stephen Hammond MP had voted against the Conservatives on Brexit

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Stephen Hammond MP had voted against the Conservatives on Brexit
 Tory MP Steve Brine was effectively expelled from the parliamentary party last month

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Tory MP Steve Brine was effectively expelled from the parliamentary party last month
 Richard Harrington has been readmitted to the parliamentary party along with nine other rebels

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Richard Harrington has been readmitted to the parliamentary party along with nine other rebels
 Richard Benyon is the tenth Tory MP to be let back into the party by the PM

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Richard Benyon is the tenth Tory MP to be let back into the party by the PMCredit: Handout/UK Parliament
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