Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021

Boris to ‘win’ next election unless parties form ‘coalition of hideousness’ to oppose him

Boris Johnson: Commentator backs PM to win next election

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Columnist Rod Liddle predicted Prime Minister Boris Johnson would be able to shake off Dominic Cummings’ allegations and tackle the UK’s problems post-pandemic leading to yet another election victory for the Conservatives. Mr Liddle also revealed a key policy he believed could massively swing the electorate in the Conservative’s favour which affects his own hometown. Mr Johnson is also expected to repeal the Fixed Term Parliament Act which prevents early elections unless there is a vote of no confidence or two-third support for one in parliament. 

Discussing whether Mr Johnson could emerge from the pandemic intact, Mr Dolan asked Mr Liddle whether he thought the Conservatives could win the next general elections. 

Mr Dolan asked: “Do you think that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will struggle in the aftermath of the pandemic?

“To use one of those war metaphors that he sort of  ‘won the war’ because of a successful vaccine rollout and we get freedom on June 21. 

“But then this prime minister we’re told is work shy and doesn’t have attention to detail might struggle with the impact of lockdown, the financial crisis, the unemployment, homelessness, mental health crisis and NHS waiting lists. 

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“Do you think Boris is going to struggle in the years to come?”

Mr Liddle replied: “I suspect less than possibly many people think. 

“If he continues to do as he did recently which is make, for example, my hometown of Teeside a freeport with 18,000 jobs coming. 

“If he’s able to do stuff like that and shore up all those seats in the north which he won whilst probably losing some of the liberal Tory seats in the south. 

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“I think he’s still on to be the election winner. 

“The only way I could see him being defeated is if the Labour Party, the Greens and the SNP  all come together in a sort of coalition of hideousness to defeat him five years down the line.”

Local elections earlier in May saw a large win for the Conservatives which saw 616 seats won in local councils – an increase of 123. 

However, the elections on “Super Thursday” saw the Labour Party lose the Hartlepool by-election which had been a Labour stronghold for many years. 

Labour saw a cabinet reshuffle following the defeat with many political pundits now looking at the Bately and Spen by-election in July. 

Some political commentators fear Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer could see a rebellion and loss of his leadership position if he loses the seat – also a safe Labour seat. 

There have now been calls from Labour supporters for Sir Keir to back electoral reform and demand proportional representation is introduced. 

Currently, the First Past the Post system awards seats based on the most votes won in a constituency but a PR system would see votes directly tally into House of Commons seats. 

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