Boris Johnson faces another difficult day as he campaigns for an election he is yet to successfully call. It follows a Thursday to forget for the Prime Minister, which saw his own brother Jo walk out, a police cadet collapse behind him during a shambolic speech and a member of the public asking him to "get out" of his town. This morning Jo Johnson gave lukewarm support to his under-fire sibling, but refused to reveal how he felt about potentially bringing his brother’s career to an end. The Remainer said: “Boris is doing all the right stuff domestically - more teachers in our schools, more doctors and nurses in our hospitals, more police on our streets. “He’s got an amazing one nation domestic agenda and I wish him all the best.” Today is unlikely to be any easier for the Prime Minister, with the House of Lords set to clear a bill designed to stop a no-deal Brexit by 5pm. Yesterday the Prime Minister said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s brother gives lukewarm support for PM
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The leader of the St Helens Conservatives has backed Boris Johnson to lead the UK out of Europe before the current deadline. Both candidates are currently embarked on a hustings tour around the UK as they make their pitches for Prime Minister to members of the party.It will be up to the Conservative Party’s 160,000 members, including those in St Helens, to vote for their preferred candidate.Rainford councillor Allan Jones, leader of the St Helens Tories, believes it is ‘critical’ for the future of the party that its elects someone who will deliver Brexit by the October 31 deadline.“I will support Boris and my wife will support Boris,” Coun Jones said.“The reasons for that is we think we have to come out of Europe by the October 31.“That is crucial for the future of our Conservative Party. We cannot be letting it go any further at all.“I voted out. I voted leave. The people of Rainford collectively voted leave. The people of St Helens … [Read more...] about St Helens Conservatives leader backing Boris for PM
MP Sir John Hayes looks set to back Boris Johnson for 10 Downing Street following Michael Gove's exit from the Tory leadership contest.It's become a two horse race between Brexiteer Johnson and Environment Secretary Jeremy Hunt after Hunt came second in the fifth ballot for Tory MP's, beating Environment Secretary Gove by two votes on Thursday.The South Holland and the Deepings MP, who backed Gove in the previous rounds, is moving towards Johnson because of his Brexiteer credentials.Although Sir John is still "reflecting" on his final choice, he says: "I think you have got to have someone who is completely committed to delivering the will of the people - it's about Bexit credentials in a way."At this stage Sir John says only that it's "likely" he will vote for Boris, explaining: "I am committed to Brexit and it's difficult to imagine not supporting a committed Brexiteer."Jeremy Hunt was a Remainer in the 2016 Referendum.Sir John said: "I think it's a difficult choice for us."Jeremy … [Read more...] about MP Sir John Hayes to switch to Boris for PM?
Eight Conservative Party leadership candidates declared and lots more to come. But, if a Conservative Secretary of State struggled to understand the differences between unionists and nationalists, could many of the leadership contestants even place Belfast or Bangor on a map? What are the implications of the outcome for the Conservative-DUP confidence-and-supply deal? The DUP has always been careful to state that its support was for the Conservative government - on a conditional basis - and not for a particular Conservative leader. Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds will remain tight-lipped on their preferred outcome to the biggest leadership contest in UK political history. But they will certainly have their preferences. Boris Johnson launched his leadership bid at the party conference some months ago - the DUP conference that is. Urging his Prime Minister to junk the backstop played well to the assembled throng. This was sufficient to override DUP scepticism over Johnson's ambition … [Read more...] about Jon Tonge: Tory hardliner Gove is DUP’s ideal choice for PM
Question Time viewers were impressed with Conservative MP Bim Afolami in what was his debut appearance on the panel show. Some were even calling for the 33-year-old to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister. One watcher of the BBC show said that he seemed a much better option than the likes of Boris Johnson or Michael Gove. Jeremy Kyle, the Brexit party, Scottish independence, Tory leadership and greenhouse gas emissions were the topics of conversation. The show, which is hosted by Fiona Bruce, was this week recorded in Scottish town Elgin. As well as Bim, the panel was made up with Richard Leonard, John Swinney, Christine Jardine and Eilidh Douglas. Bim is a former lawyer and banker that was was elected in 2017, he is a Conservative MP for Hitchen and Harpenden. Before becoming an MP, Richard worked as a union official but he is now the leader of the Scottish Labour Party. The 57-year-old is also a member of the Scottish parliament (MSP) for Central Scotland. John is the deputy first … [Read more...] about ‘Bim Afolami for PM’ Question Time debutant impresses viewers