Boris Johnson will visit hospitals, schools and police facilities in eastern regions and London today as he kicks off his election campaign. But he has been warned not to focus solely on Brexit when he embarks on his campaign trail, as the Tories need to rebuild the trust of the public – especially in northern areas. Labour MP Paul Williams for Stockton South told Express.co.uk: “Everyone in the North East knows what damage the Tories have done to our NHS (4.4 million people on waiting lists), schools (£30m cut from Stockton schools in the last 4 years) and police (lost 500 officers while crime has increased by 83 percent).
“These things have a much greater impact on people’s daily lives than Brexit.”
The Prime Minister may also be serving humble pie on his travels after failing to live up to his “do or die” promise to deliver Brexit on Halloween.
But Mr Johnson, who will hit 100 days as Prime Minister today, is said to be using his election visits to claim it was Mr Corbyn’s fault the UK’s withdrawal from the EU had been delayed until January 31.
He is due to say: “Today should have been the day that Brexit was delivered and we finally left the EU.
“But, despite the great new deal I agreed with the EU, Jeremy Corbyn refused to allow that to happen – insisting upon more dither, more delay and more uncertainty for families and business.”
Meanwhile, Mr Corbyn will hit out at the “tax dodgers, bad bosses, big polluters, and billionaire-owned media holding our country back” as he speaks in London today.
He will add that “the elite” are scared of the British people, which is why “they’ll throw everything” at Labour in the upcoming election.
Mr Corbyn will say: “This election is a once-in-a-generation chance to transform our country, take on the vested interests holding people back and ensure that no community is left behind.
“So, we’re going after the tax dodgers. We’re going after the dodgy landlords. We’re going after the bad bosses. We’re going after the big polluters. Because we know whose side we’re on.
“Whose side are you on? The dodgy landlords, like the Duke of Westminster, Britain’s youngest billionaire, who tried to evict whole blocks of families to make way for luxury apartments? Or the millions of tenants in Britain who struggle to pay their rent each month?
“Whose side are you on? The bad bosses like Mike Ashley, the billionaire who won’t pay his staff properly and is running Newcastle United into the ground?
“Whose side are you on? The big polluters like Jim Ratcliffe, Britain’s richest man who makes his money by polluting the environment? Or the children growing up in our cities with reduced lung capacity because of choking pollution?
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“And whose side are you on? The billionaire media barons like Rupert Murdoch, whose empire pumps out propaganda to support a rigged system.”
Speaking on ITV’s Peston programme, former Conservative chairwoman Baroness Warsi said she doubted the election would make Brexit any easier to pass.
She said: “If Boris’s whole premiership is going to be about Brexit then I’m not convinced that this election is going to deliver him any more Members of Parliament that will vote for this deal, nor will he get this deal any quicker having had this General Election.”
Elsewhere, Brexit Party sources told the PA news agency that Nigel Farage would stand down candidates in Tory seats and concentrate on challenging some 20 Labour MPs in Leave areas were “wild speculation”.
Mr Farage originally said he would field members in all 650 seats.
But it was reported on Wednesday that he may cut this down to as little as 20.
The Brexit Party leader emailed supporters yesterday to tell them the party would have “a big challenge on our hands to clear out the Remainer Parliament and win a majority for Brexit”.
This seemed to suggest the party will not put up candidates against Conservative Eurosceptics.
However, this may still not be enough to give Prime Minister Boris Johnson a majority.
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