Some MPs believe Boris Johnson can think himself lucky he had already resigned from the cabinet over his opposition to Theresa May’s Chequers deal on Brexit. They claim that even for the accident-prone former foreign secretary, who has been regularly causing offence with insensitive and offensive comments for nearly 20 years, his burka blunder was a gaffe too far.And this time, those MPs argue, the prime minister - now tired of his relentless disloyalty - might have done what critics who have no time for Mr Johnson believe she should have done a long time ago: sacked him.To be fair, speaking in Edinburgh, the PM was pretty firm in her support for her Tory chairman Brandon Lewis who earlier called on Mr Johnson to apologise for his "letter boxes" and "bank robbers" comments.Interviewed by Sky's James Matthews, the prime minister agreed that Mr Johnson's remarks were offensive and said people should have the right to practise their religion and women should be able to choose how … [Read more...] about Was burka blunder a gaffe too far for accident-prone Boris Johnson?
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A call for Boris Johnson to be expelled from the Tory Party was made by a leading Conservative Muslim as the burka storm grew today. Conservative peer Lord Sheikh said Theresa May should take “severe action” after the former Foreign Secretary insulted Muslim women by saying wearing the burka made them look like “letter boxes” or “bank robbers”. “The Party must take action,” said the peer who founded the Conservative Muslim Forum. “I don’t think an apology is enough. “Take the whip from him. Why not? He’s not a super human being, he’s a member of the party.” Pressure on the Uxbridge MP to apologise grew as more senior party figures weighed in. Former party chairman Lord Pickles said his remarks were “crass”. Cabinet Minister Jeremy Wright said such comments were not “helpful”. Conservative Baroness Sayeeda Warsi said his comments are "alienating a … [Read more...] about Burka storm: pressure mounts on Boris Johnson to apologise
News / UK and world by Press Association September 15, 2018, 8:37 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Boris Johnson has urged MPs to focus on “chucking Chequers” rather than Theresa May, days after Brexiteers met to war-game ways to oust the Prime Minister. Fevered speculation continues to mount over the former foreign secretary’s leadership ambitions and Tory peer Lord Heseltine has predicted Mr Johnson will take the top job. But Guto Harri, a key former adviser to Mr Johnson, said his former boss was “digging his political grave” and would be a “hugely divisive figure” if he succeeded Mrs May. He said the ex-London mayor was “dragging us into a place where we think that we can joke about suicide vests and that we can be sexually incontinent”. Around 50 Tory MPs spent nearly an hour plotting ways to replace Mrs May on Tuesday evening amid continued anger over … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson urges MPs to focus on ‘chucking Chequers’ rather than PM
Boris Johnson's bandwagon accelerated today as new backer Matt Hancock called round his supporters to get them to swing behind the former foreign secretary. Mr Hancock, the Health Secretary, pulled out of the Tory leadership race on Friday. Among his backers weighing up voting for Mr Johnson were former de facto deputy prime minister Damian Green, Theresa May’s parliamentary private secretary Andrew Bowie and ex-sports minister Tracey Crouch. All three told the Standard they expect to announce their decisions today. Another Hancock backer and an Andrea Leadsom supporter both said they were joining Mr Johnson. Of the rival campaigns, only outsider Rory Stewart had new supporters to unveil this morning, but too few so far to save him from eviction in tomorrow’s second ballot. Home Secretary Sajid Javid is also struggling to muster the 33 votes needed to get through to the third ballot on Wednesday. Chris Heaton-Harris, who resigned as Brexit minister in April and … [Read more...] about Bandwagon rolls as on more Tories swing behind Boris Johnson
Cutting a birthday cake iced with “Back Boris”, the man likely to become prime minister next month noted with satisfaction: “It’s blue all the way through.” The frontrunner in the Tory leadership contest then gave a brief pep talk to 20 or so keen young volunteers crowded into the basement of his campaign headquarters yesterday, his 55th birthday. Not the meandering, joke-strewn stump speech full of surprises that his fans adore, but a focused and serious message. “We are by no means there yet,” he said, warning that the next phase of the Tory leadership contest will be the toughest. “This movement is going to have to build.” So has the old Boris been retired? The one who made Londoners and the nation laugh with him (and sometimes at him) as eagerly as they voted for him? Giving his first interview to a daily newspaper since the campaign began, Mr Johnson was clear that he is no longer playing for laughs. “Well, I do … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson: There’s a serious job to be done