Midland MP Michael Fabricant says it came as no surprise when he was sacked as Conservative vice-chairman - and predicted he could return to the Conservative front bench one day.

And Mr Fabricant (Con Lichfield) revealed that he had been asked to accept a new Government position just two weeks ago, but turned the job down because he wanted to continue publicly opposing the HS2 high speed rail line.

The MP was previously a Government whip, a post he left in September 2012.

He spoke to the Birmingham Post  after being fired from his role as Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party for Parliamentary Campaigning.

Mr Fabricant was sacked by Party Chairman Grant Shapps in the Members’ Lobby of the House of Commons after Mr Shapps suggested that he resign. In a conversation which Mr Fabricant describes as “very amicable” he said that he would prefer to be fired, and the pair agreed that he would announce the news on Twitter.

Mr Fabricant had apparently upset the party hierarchy by responding to news that Culture Secretary Maria Miller had resigned by stating “well, about time” on his Twitter account.

He has also gone against party policy by tabling a motion opposing the high speed rail line, which is due to be debated in the Commons on April 28 and 29, although he has never made any secret of his opposition to HS2.

But the sacking also appeared to be the culmination of a longstanding personality clash between Mr Fabricant and Tory election guru Lynton Crosby, the Australian political strategist who is the Conservative Party’s campaign consultant.

MP Michael Fabricant sacked from a senior party role after 'about time' Maria Miller tweet
MP Michael Fabricant sacked from a senior party role after 'about time' Maria Miller tweet
 

It follows an incident in January when a Twitter user asked the MP if he was gay, and he responded by joking that he was in a relationship with a llama, adding: “I will not reveal its sex.”

The comment upset the straight-laced Mr Crosby - who was said to be angered again when he saw Mr Fabricant’s tweet about Mrs Miller.

Mr Fabricant declined to comment on the reports, but joked that he hoped his new-found freedom would allow him to pursue a career in television.

He said: “I will continue to serve my constituents to the best of my abilities while hoping that the BBC will consider me as a replacement for Bruce Forsyth in Strictly Come Dancing.”

He would continue to be loyal to David Cameron, he said, but could not support HS2.

“The irony is that only two weeks ago I was being asked by the whips whether I was prepared to go back in to Government.

“I said no, because of the HS2 issue.

“But let’s see what happens after the next election.”

Legislation allowing ministers to authorise construction of the proposed HS2 scheme from London Euston to Birmingham’s planned new Curzon Street station will come to the Commons for its Second Reading on April 28 and April 29.

Mr Fabricant has tabled a motion demanding that the whole scheme is suspended until the Government draws up a new route which causes less damage to the environment. His proposal is backed by David Davis, the former Conservative leadership contender who represents a seat in the East Riding of Yorkshire, among others.

Mr Fabricant said: “What this demonstrates is that it is not just MPs along the route who have the gravest doubts about HS2, but others too.”