Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is greeted by staff as he returns to 10 Downing Street, London, after meeting Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and accepting her invitation to form a new government, Friday Dec. 13, 2019. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)
LONDON (CRIMSON TAZVINZWA) — BRITISH PM Boris Johnson’s Tories celebrate a landslide victory in the 2019 general election — a decisive outcome to a dominated campaign that finally rewards him with a fully fledged mandate to fulfil his Brexit plans; ushering the UK out of the European Union by 31 January 2020.
The resounding victory makes Boris the most electorally successful Conservative leader since Margaret Thatcher, another politician who was loved and loathed in almost equal measure. It was a disaster for left-wing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who faced calls for his resignation even as the results rolled in.
Former British PM Sir John Major urges voters to back rebel candidates running against Boris Johnson’s Tories.
Sir John Major will tonight call on millions of young people to use their votes to derail Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans in an extraordinary general election intervention. The former Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader will break ranks with the party he once dominated with a plea to Britain’s youth to “choose the future you believe in”.
LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he would not say how many children he had, saying that he would not “put them on the pitch” ahead of the Dec. 12 election.
“I love my children very much, but they are not standing at this election, and I am not therefore going to comment,” said Johnson, whose colorful love life has attracted tabloid attention in the past.
“I am not going to put them on to the pitch in this election.”
When asked if he was going to have more children, Johnson, 55, who is living at Downing Street with his partner Carrie Symonds after separating from his wife last year, said: “I’m not going to get into discussions (on this).” (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; writing by Michael Holden. Editing by Andrew MacAskill)British
Channel 4 is to host a climate change debate this evening which will focus on how party leaders will tackle one of the key issues for voters in the general election.
But Boris Johnson and the Brexit Party’s Nigel Farage look set to snub the hour-long Emergency On Planet Earth debate.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, Scottish First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Plaid Cymru’s leader Adam Price and Green co-leader Sian Berry have agreed to take part.
Asked whether a Conservative minister, such as former environment secretary Michael Gove, could attend the Channel 4 debate instead of Johnson, a spokeswoman for Channel 4 News said: “Michael Gove is not the party leader.”
Invitations to Johnson and Farage remained open, the programme said.
The lack of appearance from Johnson sparked Twitter users to promote #BorisTheCoward, which went on to trend early on Thursday morning.