Published On: Wed, Dec 4th, 2019

Election warning: Boris Johnson says Britain faces ‘starkest choice’ in ‘very tight’ vote | UK | News


Unless the Tories win outright, the only option is a Labour government propped up by Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish Nationalists, he said. “Of course this election is going to go to the wire,” he said. “It’s very important everyone recognises the starkness of the choice.” A seat by seat election study last week put Mr Johnson on course for a 68-seat majority but analysis of the last ten national polls shows the Conservative average lead over Labour as 9.7 percent.

Mr Johnson insisted it was a “very very tight election, and the choice is critical for the country”.

He added: “If you look at what the country could face next year the only mathematical alternative to a working majority Conservative government is a coalition of some kind with Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon.

“It’s pretty obvious that in that coalition it would be Nicola Sturgeon wearing the tartan trousers.”

Mr Johnson joked his way to relax during the election was to do a “few quadratic equations” but was “working very hard” to secure a working majority.

The Prime Minister insisted the gruelling winter campaign had not worn him out, describing himself as “fit as a butcher’s dog”.

During a surprise visit to a Christmas market in Salisbury, Wiltshire, he was mobbed by members of the public who told him to “get Brexit done” and asked him to pose for photographs.

After buying a string of pork sausages and a tub of Turkish delight, the PM ran out of cash and an aide covered the cost of a box of Brownies.

Mr Johnson also visited a centre for ex-forces personnel who need help with housing or getting into work.

He insisted the Conservatives would put an end to vexatious legal cases against army veterans.

“Our commitment to the Armed Services is unwavering,” he insisted.

“We will be looking after the interest of veterans in every possible way, including making sure we protect them from vexatious litigation when no new evidence has been produced. I think it’s high time that that was done. I would contrast our approach with that of the Labour party.

“Jeremy Corbyn, I think he has said it would be wonderful if this country were like Costa Rica and in a position simply to disband our Armed Services. I don’t think that would be sensible for the United Kingdom or, indeed, the whole of the western alliance.”

At the start of the campaign, Mr Johnson guaranteed Chancellor Sajid Javid would keep his job if the Conservatives win a majority.

But he refused to give the same pledge to other senior members of his team, such as foreign secretary Dominic Raab, Ben Wallace in Defence or Home Secretary Priti Patel.

He said: “All these types of questions come firmly in the category of measuring up the curtains. There are nine days to go, it is a very very tight election and the choice is critical.”



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