‘Where has old Boris gone?’ Johnson under intense pressure as leadership questioned

Boris Johnson's leadership abilities questioned by Belinda De Lucy

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Former MEP Belinda De Lucy branded Boris Johnson a “wet, damp rag”, asking where the “old Boris has gone”.The Prime Minister this week delivered his latest U-turn on plans to build HS2 extension to Leeds. Only two weeks ago, he was forced in a humiliating 180 turn away from plans to create a new standards committee in the Commons due to furious cross-party backlash.

 

Speaking on TalkRadio, Ms De Lucy said: “I did mention on social media long before I went into politics – ‘oh, you know, I really liked Boris, I want to have his babies’.

“You know when you do in your 20s just because he sounded so clever. 

“And I didn’t go to a school where people spoke like that.

“When he started talking Greek mythology and stuff, I was like ‘swoon’.”

She went on: “And now he’s kind of a bit of a wet, damp rag.

Presenter Mike Graham chipped in: “He’s got no hope.

I mean, I said this the other week. When he said that thing at the climate conference – It’s a minute to midnight.

That was normally when he was putting his trousers on and going on. But not anymore.

 

Ms De Lucy said: “But people love charisma and people love someone attractive in power.

I mean, he was so different from all the gray suits, but it was reported last night that he had said that he was suffering from buyer’s remorse.

“That’s gonna get you into trouble although I have to say my husband does introduce me to people as Oh, this is my current wife.

 

Boris Johnson is facing criticism that he had broken the promise on investment promises to the Midlands and north of England.

He dismissed the claims as he insisted northern regions will benefit from the £96 billion investment the British Government is pouring into upgrading the railway network.

At the same time, Mr Johnson said people could not have “everything at once”, while going ahead with the HS2 extension would mean “smashing through unspoilt countryside and villages”.

However, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said Mr Johnson had “ripped up” promises he made that HS2 would go all the way to Leeds and that there would be a new NPR line from Manchester to Leeds.

“This was the first test of ‘levelling up’ and the Government has completely failed and let down everybody in the North. You can’t believe a word the Prime Minister says,” he said.

Sir Keir said voters in Red Wall seats, the former Labour strongholds which backed Mr Johnson, had been treated as fools by the Prime Minister.

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