Published On: Fri, Dec 6th, 2019

Boris Johnson erupts over John Major’s demand voters back Tory rebels ‘Sad and wrong!’ | UK | News

The former Conservative Prime Minister earlier today called on the electorate to support David Gauke, Dominic Grieve and Anne Milton, who are standing against Conservative candidates after they were kicked out of the party for refusing to back Mr Johnson’s Brexit plans. Sir John’s comments were revealed ahead of a rally with former Labour leader Tony Blair today.

The ex-Tory leader said: “Let me make one thing absolutely clear: none of them has left the Conservative Party, the Conservative Party has left them.

“Without such talent on its benches, Parliament will be the poorer, which is why – if I were resident in any one of their constituencies – they would have my vote.”

But Mr Johnson hit out at the Tory grandee when asked to respond.

He told reporters at a rally in Maidstone, Kent, today: “I think it’s very sad and I think that he is wrong, and I think that he represents a view that is outdated, alas, greatly that I respect him and his record, and I think that what we need to do now is honour the will of the people and get Brexit done.”

Sir John, 76, was in Number 10 from 1990 to 1997.

In a pre-recorded speech ahead of the Stop the Brexit Landslide rally Sir John wiil tell Remainers “tribal loyalties” are being loosened by Brexit.

Sir John is set to describe Brexit as the “worst foreign policy decision in my lifetime”, and will say leaving the EU will affect “nearly every single aspect of our lives for many decades to come”.

“It will make our country poorer and weaker. It will hurt most those who have least. Never have the stakes been higher, especially for the young. Brexit may even break up our historic United Kingdom,” he will say.

Sir John will urge voters to “choose the future you believe in”, telling young people in particular: “Your vote is absolutely crucial – for you have the longest lease on our country’s future, and our place in the wider world.

“Don’t wake up on Friday December 13 and regret not making a choice.”

He will be joined at the rally, jointly organised by the Vote For A Final Say and For Our Future’s Sake campaigns.

Ex-Labour Prime Minister Mr Blair will also deliver an address. 

He is expected to warn voters not to give the Tories a majority on December 12.

He will say: “This Conservative Party which now expels the likes of Michael Heseltine, disowns the statesmanship of John Major, a party whose chancellor as of July this year is now exiled in the wilderness for the temerity to say what he knows to be true, namely that a no-deal Brexit is a risk no responsible Government would take, such a Conservative Party does not deserve to govern unchecked and the country would not be wise to let them.

“It’s not Brexit that’s getting done. We’re getting done.

“This is the final chance for a final say. It’s not one General Election but 650 individual ones. Think long. Think hard. Time to choose. Choose wisely.”

Former justice secretary Mr Gauke, who is standing as an independent candidate in South West Hertfordshire, will also attend today’s rally. 

He has called on Britons to vote for Jo Swinson’s Liberal Democrats. 

Former attorney-general Mr Grieve is hoping to be re-elected as the MP for Beaconsfield, while ex-minister Ms Milton is seeking re-election in Guildford.

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