Tobias Ellwood has been suspended from the Tories after not voting in yesterday's no confidence vote.
The senior MP was abroad for a meeting in Moldova and said he had been "unable to secure return travel due to unprecedented disruption both here and in the UK".
"I am very sorry to lose the whip but will now continue my meetings in Ukraine promoting the prime minister's efforts here and specifically seeking to secure the reopening of Odessa port - so vital grain exports can recommence," Ellwood said in a statement.
It may be bad form to miss a vote but here's the thing - 11 other Tory MPs did not vote on Monday's confidence motion, but only Ellwood has had the party whip removed.
The Tory Whips Office told the BBC that other MPs who could not make the vote were "paired appropriately", meaning they formed an arrangement with MPs from opposing parties to not vote on a particular issue - basically cancelling each other's votes out.
\u201cReal anger in @PennyMordaunt camp after her supporter @Tobias_Ellwood stripped of Tory whip for missing last night\u2019s confidence vote in the government after he failed to return in time from trip to Moldova\u201d
So thank goodness Nadine Dorries had time to pipe up with her explanation:
\u201cThis is wholly untrue and frankly utterly ridiculous. Every single MP of every party is under no illusion regarding the price to be paid in not voting during a Gov confidence motion. It\u2019s a very clearly defined and historic red line. Tobias could have voted like everyone else.\u201d
Meanwhile, people have pointed out that Johnson acted quickly when Ellwood, who has consistently criticised Johnson and was one of the first MPs to call for him to resign back in February, didn't show his support for the government, but took a few days to suspend Chris Pincher from the Tory party, despite the allegations made against him.
\u201cBoris Johnson acted quicker here than with Chris Pincher\u201d