PMQs: Boris Johnson tells Rayner she’s ‘completely wrong’
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The Vote Leave supremo and former Chief Political Adviser to the Prime Minister claimed that, contrary to popular belief, Mr Johnson is not “unassailable” in the polls. In reality, the flamboyant politician “does not have strong personal loyalty” and is only ever four to six “polls in a row away from a leadership crisis”.
The outspoken Brexiteer – who coined the infamous phrase “Take Back Control” ahead of the 2016 EU Referendum – also branded Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer a “dud” who he would sack immediately.
Writing on his Substack blog, he said: “The ideal replacement is a woman from the Midlands who can focus on the public and build a team.
“I don’t know much about Labour MPs, and obviously you need to focus group the hell out of this, but Lisa Nandy seems the closest fit to the job description.
“Boris cannot take women seriously.
“Both in Vote Leave 2015-16 and government 2019-20, I brought in some brilliant young women to key roles.
“Boris, like many men in politics/government, struggled to listen to them.
“As one woman who knows Boris extremely well and has worked very closely with him said to me last year, ‘he can’t take women seriously, he can’t help staring at t**s and talking like we’re idiots’.
“He will massively struggle with a woman opponent and he is already very vulnerable with women under ~50.”
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Mr Cummings – famed for his ability to judge the public’s views – went on to list how he thought the Labour Party could knock the Tories out of power and appeal to ordinary people.
He said: “The trajectory of the PM is clear — no plan or grip, just crises and media entertainment.
“The trajectory of Labour is unclear.
“If they keep Starmer then, although Government uselessness may move the polls to a messy ~35 each, there is little chance of convincing enough target voters that Starmer is a serious alternative to bring the scale of shift needed to overcome the 2019 defeat and get a working majority.
“But the electorate is very volatile and a working majority is possible.
“If they face reality and replace Starmer with a Midlands woman who can build a team and focus on target voters with the right strategy, then the polls would shift dramatically.
“Enough target voters already know Boris is a bad PM for Labour to win the next election but they do not think Labour has a credible alternative.
“At the end I put some simple probabilities on these calculations and conclude that it’s rational for both parties to switch leaders regardless of what the other does.”
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