14th Nov, 2019

Conservatives launch election campaign at the NEC with pitch to West Midlands leave voters

John Carlon 7th Nov, 2019 Updated: 7th Nov, 2019

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson launched the Conservative Party’s election campaign in Solihull last night (November 6), in an attempt to woo West Midlands leave-voting constituencies represented by Labour MP’s.

He described the House of Commons as “paralysed” and “blocked” in a speech to his party at the NEC, marking the start of the Tories’ election campaign.

Mr Johnson made the trip to Bickenhill after formally dissolving parliament in a meeting with the Queen.

Five weeks of campaigning will now lead to the December 12 polling day.

The Prime Minister was introduced by Conservative West Midlands mayor Andy Street, who set the stage for Johnson before the PM reiterated his plans to “get Brexit done.”

He then promised “better education and better infrastructure” once the agreement to leave the European Union was out of the way.

With characteristically creative turns of phrase, Johnson likened parliament to ‘an anaconda that has swallowed a tapir’ and the delays to Brexit as ‘a bendy-bus jack-knifed on a yellow box junction.’

Referring to the Withdrawal Agreement agreed with the EU, he claimed passing the deal would be simple as “just whacking it in the microwave, on gas mark 4 – it is ready to go.”

His attempts to keep the Conservative election campaign on track were knocked aside, however, on the same day two high profile Tory MP’s apologised over comments made about the Grenfell Tower disaster, and Conservative Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns resigned.

Mr Cairns quit the cabinet after a journalist in Wales revealed he knew about an aide’s role in ‘sabotaging’ a rape trial.

Insisting he did not want to call an election, Boris Johnson said the thing he was “most proud of” since Conservative members made him leader was his Brexit deal.

He likened the Labour Party’s policy to ‘Bolivarian revolutionary socialism’ and said Corbyn’s plans would fail, as Labour was “always running out of other people’s money. ” He opined that Labour “know themselves their policies for the economy are ruinous”.

In an appeal to voters ahead of the December election, he asked them to “come with us” and support Tory measures on education, the police and immigration.

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