Ban Os­borne for ‘chop up PM’ swipe

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Macer Hall

GE­ORGE Os­borne should be banned from the party con­fer­ence af­ter his at­tacks on Theresa May, a Tory MP said yes­ter­day.

Back­bencher Na­dine Dor­ries called for the for­mer chan­cel­lor, now ed­i­tor of the Lon­don Evening Stan­dard, to have his me­dia pass for the an­nual get­to­gether in Manch­ester next month to be with­drawn.

She spoke fol­low­ing a re­port that he al­legedly told col­leagues he wanted the Prime Min­is­ter “chopped up in bags in my freezer”.

He has also fre­quently crit­i­cised the Prime Min­is­ter, who sacked him shortly af­ter tak­ing over in Down­ing Street. Ms Dor­ries, who once branded the for­mer Cab­i­net min­is­ter an “ar­ro­gant posh boy”, wrote on Twit­ter: “I have con­tacted Chief Whip and asked that Os­borne’s con­fer­ence pass be with­drawn for ex­press­ing a de­sire to see a woman, the PM, mur­dered.” The MP stepped up her crit­i­cism of Mr Os­borne in an in­ter­view on ITV’s Good Morn­ing Bri­tain show yes­ter­day. “It’s not just that one iso­lated com­ment; it’s a num­ber of com­ments taken in con­text,” she said.

She said Mr Os­borne had de­scribed Mrs May as “a dead woman walk­ing” fol­low­ing the loss of the Tory par­lia­men­tary ma­jor­ity in the gen­eral elec­tion in June.

“The lat­est al­leged com­ments are that he wants to see her mur­dered, dis­mem­bered and ly­ing in his freezer,” she said. “I think when you put all those com­ments to­gether there’s some­thing deeply dis­turb­ing about them. I just think it’s gone too far and I know most of my col­leagues do. This has now gone too far, it’s slightly dis­turb­ing and I don’t think it’s ap­pro­pri­ate.”

She added: “Al­most every day in Bri­tain women suf­fer vi­o­lence at the hands of men - nor­mal­is­ing this type of di­a­logue, this dis­course, par­tic­u­larly in pub­lic life, has con­se­quences and it’s not ap­pro­pri­ate.

“Yes, of course, we have the rough and tum­ble in pol­i­tics, it is a dirty game, but that doesn’t mat­ter. We should set the stan­dard that other wants to fol­low.”

Con­fer­ence se­cu­rity is set to be tighter than ever af­ter warn­ings of mass Left-wing protests.

Ge­orge Os­borne ‘has gone too far’


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