Election 2017: Boris Johnson campaigns for Conservative win in Dagenham visit
PUBLISHED: 12:30 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:40 31 May 2017
“Brexiteer” Boris Johnson visited the first London borough to declare a Brexit vote in a bid to snatch it from Labour this general election.
The foreign secretary, who was part of the Vote Leave campaign in last year’s EU Referendum, was in Heathway, Dagenham, on Wednesday, May 31, trying to convince voters to back Conservative candidate Julie Marson.
He was greeted with a blend of fanfare and bewilderment, with one man approaching him to ask “what are you doing in Dagenham?” before pledging to vote Conservative on Thursday, June 8.
Others took “selfies” with Boris and one driver stopped his car in the middle of the Heathway to compliment his looks.
When the Post asked the foreign secretary if Dagenham would benefit from the £350million a week Vote Leave suggested giving to the NHS once the UK leaves the EU, he wouldn’t commit the cash to the NHS but said: “It’s absolutely vital we get our money back from Brussels.”
He said only the Tories could be trusted with Brexit, adding the Labour Party hadn’t “the faintest idea” how to handle negotiations with the EU.
And he accused the Labour Party of wanting higher immigration despite its leader Jeremy Corbyn telling a BBC audience on Tuesday, May 30, that migration to the UK would probably be less under Labour’s “managed” system.
Hours later a document leaked from the Labour Party suggesting the re-introduction of an immigration system that was scrapped by Tory prime minister David Cameron that would make it easier for unskilled workers to enter the UK. A party spokesman told the Telegraph the document was a discussion paper, “not a statement of Labour policy” and added “free movement of labour will come to an end” post-Brexit.
When asked why people living in London’s poorest borough should vote for a Conservative Party whose chancellor caused fears of a UK “tax haven” by threatening to cut corporation tax after Brexit, Boris said the UK was experiencing “record employment” under the Tories, pointing to its status as the fastest-growing economy of the G7 countries, adding his party will continue to “take this country forward”.