Boris Johnson will today embark on a blitz of Labour’s northern heartlands and accuse Jeremy Corbyn of a ‘Great Betrayal’ of Brexit voters.
The Prime Minister will criticise the Labour Party for sneering at their values and ignoring their votes as he tours Leave-supporting seats in the North East.
He will accuse Mr Corbyn of sticking ‘two fingers up to the public’ as campaigning ramps up ahead of Thursday’s General Election.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to visit every region of England and Wales over the next 72 hours in a blitz of Labour’s northern heartlands
Over the next 72 hours, Mr Johnson will visit every region of England and Wales, including West Yorkshire, Cheshire, Leicestershire, East Anglia, North Wales and the South West.
His aides believe these to be the areas that will decide the outcome of the election.
Mr Johnson will return to key pledges he made during the 2016 referendum campaign – including that of ending ‘uncontrolled and unlimited immigration’.
But his central message will be a condemnation of Remain-backing MPs who vowed at the last election to deliver Brexit but ‘shamefully did the exact opposite’.
‘Parliament has bent every rule and broken every convention as it has delayed, diluted and denied Brexit,’ he will say. ‘They won their seats on a false prospectus and then stuck two fingers up to the public.
Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid and Mr Johnson man the phones at the Conservative Campaign Headquarters Call Centre on December 8
‘Now they are proposing another referendum – this time rigging the result by extending the franchise to two million EU citizens.
‘It’s been the Great Betrayal, orchestrated from Islington by politicians who sneer at your values and ignore your votes.’ As the election campaign entered the home straight:
- One poll showed the Conservative lead narrowing to eight points – leaving Mr Johnson perilously close to a hung parliament;
- Senior Tory officials fear bad weather and a low turnout could help deny them a majority;
- John McDonnell admitted Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis could cost them votes;
- Labour set out radical plans to put workers on the boards of nationalised industries;
- SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said Labour would not ‘turn their backs’ on her party if Jeremy Corbyn forms a minority government;
- Mr Johnson set out details of his immigration policy and pledged to reduce numbers after Brexit.
Although still ahead in the polls, Tory strategists argue the election is ‘closer than many people think’.
A new poll puts the Tories on 43 per cent and the Labour Party on 34 per cent
They said Mr Corbyn would become prime minister if the SNP and the Lib Dems pick up a handful of extra seats.
Sunderland is a Labour citadel but six in ten voters supported Leave in 2016. It was one of the earliest declarations on referendum night – and gave an early sign that many traditional Labour areas were backing Brexit.
There Mr Johnson will say: ‘It’s now been 1,264 days since Sunderland’s roar was heard on the night of 23 June 2016 – 1,264 days in which Parliament should have delivered what you voted for, taken us out of the EU, and addressed all the reasons you voted so decisively for change.
Mr Johson has warned if there is another hung parliament, Mr Corbyn (pictured today at a general election rally in Colwyn Bay, Wales) and Nicola Sturgeon will ‘conspire to frustrate Brexit again’
‘You voted to leave the EU because you wanted to stop sending the EU money we could spend at home, to end uncontrolled and unlimited immigration from the EU, to take back control from an unelected elite in Brussels – and to force politicians in Westminster to listen to you, not just London and the South East.
‘Instead we have had 1,264 days of dither and delay, prevarication and procrastination, obfuscation and obstruction.’
The Prime Minister is trying to storm a ‘Red Wall’ of around 80 constituencies – stretching from North Wales to Yorkshire – that have voted Labour for decades.
He will warn that if there is another hung parliament, Mr Corbyn and Miss Sturgeon will ‘conspire to frustrate Brexit again’.
Sturgeon claims Labour would need the support of another party to implement its policies and the SNP was willing to step in
In the South West, where he will end the day, he will warn that voting for the Liberal Democrats is a vote for ‘further paralysis and delay’ and will help Labour win the keys to Downing Street.
Labour would not ‘turn their backs’ on the SNP in the event it formed a minority government, Miss Sturgeon said yesterday.
The Scottish first minister said Mr Corbyn would need the support of another party to implement its policies and the SNP was willing to step in – on certain conditions.
The SNP leader is photographed with Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Green Party Co-Leader Sian Berry. Sturgeon has said she would be willing to work with Corbyn on certain conditions
She said she did not believe Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell’s insistence that Labour would go it alone – ‘no negotiation, no deals, no coalition’.
Nigel Farage suggested yesterday that his Brexit Party could be transformed into the ‘Reform Party’ if the UK leaves the EU.
He said he had already registered the name in a move ‘to campaign to change politics for good’.
The new party would work to abolish the House of Lords and seek a proportional voting system. Asked what would happen to his party after Brexit, Mr Farage told Sky News: ‘It’ll have to reform into the Reform Party, it’ll have to campaign to change politics for good.’
Asked about Thursday’s poll, he predicted ‘a turnout much lower than the pundits expect because people have lost faith in politics’.
- The Observer newspaper failed to give Labour its wholehearted support in a full-page leader column yesterday.
The Left-wing Sunday newspaper condemned Mr Corbyn’s ‘disgraceful anti-Semitism crisis’ and said he had ‘displayed a staggering lack of contrition or empathy’.
The editorial urged readers to vote ‘as their conscience allows’ for a ‘pro-referendum, progressive candidate’ who is most likely to lead to the Conservatives’ defeat.
Its stance comes after Left-wing weekly the New Statesman also refused to endorse Mr Corbyn last week and branded him ‘unfit to be prime minister’.