‘Treach­er­ous’ Os­borne sent to Coven­try

Scottish Daily Mail - - TERROR ON THE TUBE - By Ja­son Groves Po­lit­i­cal Editor

GE­ORGE Os­borne has been ‘sent to Coven­try’ by mem­bers of the Cabi­net for his vi­cious at­tacks on Theresa May and the Gov­ern­ment.

A se­nior Con­ser­va­tive source said sev­eral min­is­ters were no longer on speak­ing terms with the for­mer chan­cel­lor.

Mr Os­borne, who was sacked by Mrs May last sum­mer, has used his po­si­tion as editor of the Evening Stan­dard to run ed­i­to­ri­als crit­i­cis­ing her poli­cies.

He is said to have told staff he would not rest un­til the Prime Min­is­ter was ‘chopped up in bags in my freezer’.

Sev­eral for­mer Cabi­net friends and al­lies, in­clud­ing Sir Pa­trick McLough­lin, have now cut all ties with him in protest. ‘He has been sent to Coven­try,’ said a friend of the party chair­man. ‘Pa­trick, who was close to Ge­orge, isn’t tak­ing his phone calls any more, and he is not the only one.

‘It is hard to over­state the depth of anger and be­trayal within the party over the way Ge­orge has be­haved. Ev­ery­one ac­cepts that he’s a news­pa­per editor now and has a right to be crit­i­cal.

‘But it’s gone way be­yond that – he seems to be bent on try­ing to de­stroy the Gov­ern­ment, and his at­tacks on Theresa May are despicable.’

Mr Os­borne could barely con­tain his glee on elec­tion night in June as exit polls showed Mrs May was on course to lose her ma­jor­ity. Days later he de­scribed her as a ‘dead woman walk­ing’ and sug­gested she could be forced out within a week. Mr Os­borne has also used the news­pa­per to rail against Brexit.

Tory MP Na­dine Dor­ries yes­ter­day called for Mr Os­borne to be banned from next month’s Con­ser­va­tive Party con­fer­ence. She said she had asked Tory chief whip Gavin Wil­liamson to in­ter­vene fol­low­ing re­ports that Mr Os­borne had ‘ex­pressed a de­sire to see a woman, the Prime Min­is­ter, mur­dered’.

Her col­league Ja­cob Rees-Mogg said: ‘Ge­orge Os­borne is be­com­ing more bit­ter than Ted Heath, he’s dis­grac­ing him­self.’

Mr Os­borne is due to at­tend the party con­fer­ence in Manch­ester to ad­dress a meet­ing dis­cussing his North­ern Pow­er­house project.

The for­mer chan­cel­lor has made no com­ment on the lat­est row. But his friend Lord Finkel­stein said Mr Os­borne’s re­ac­tion stemmed from the hu­mil­i­a­tion of his sack­ing.

The for­mer chan­cel­lor is said to have been so shocked that he left his din­ner un­eaten on the ta­ble in his Down­ing Street flat as he dashed out of a back door.

Lord Finkel­stein added: ‘I didn’t agree with the way the Gov­ern­ment dealt with him. It was al­ways quite likely to pro­duce this re­ac­tion and in pol­i­tics you reap what you sow.’

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