Brexit Party supporters’ PM vote row
BREXIT Party supporters were yesterday accused of infiltrating the Tories to interfere with the race to replace PM Theresa May.
The People’s Vote campaign says it has found evidence on social media that “dozens” of Nigel Farage’s supporters admit joining the Conservatives to vote in the contest.
And local Tory associations have reported an upsurge in membership.
Former justice minister Philip Lee faces deselection in Bracknell after he backed a fresh referendum.
He said: “I have long feared some joining us now do not have either our party interests or those of our country at heart.”
A Brexit Party spokesman said: “The idea we have interest in the Tory leadership is ridiculous.
“It’s Tory members who are coming over to us.”
BORIS Johnson’s spin doctor lover is keeping out of his campaign to be the next Prime Minister.
Former Tory director of communications Carrie Symonds masterminded the grassroots operation for Theresa May’s 2017 general election. But that was a flop, with Mrs May losing her majority.
Now sources close to the couple say Carrie, 30, will play no part in 54-yearold Boris’s latest leadership bid.
He’s also ruled her out of replacing £140,000-a-year ex-BBC man Robbie Gibb as No10 communications director if he becomes Prime Minister.
Government communications officials had been alarmed by Whitehall whispers that Carrie was earmarked for the role when Boris entered the race.
One said: “The irony is we know she would be bloody good at it, but it would be inappropriate as the PM’s girlfriend.”
However Carrie could yet get to Downing Street if either leadership contenders Sajid Javid or Michael Gove triumph. She worked closely with the Home Secretary when he was in charge of local government, and alongside the Environment Secretary at Conservative Campaign Headquarters.
She quit as Tory media chief last August and now works at technology and media company Bloomberg as a PR.
Meanwhile, Boris yesterday received the endorsement of Donald Trump as the US President’s choice for next PM.
Trump said the ex-Foreign Secretary was “excellent” and “very talented”.
Jeremy Corbyn said: “President Trump’s attempt to decide who will be Britain’s next Prime Minister is an entirely unacceptable interference in our country’s democracy.
“The next Prime Minister should be chosen not by the US President, nor by 100,000 unrepresentative Conservative party members, but by the British people in a general election.”
An old schoolfriend joined newspapers around the same time as me.
I chose the glamour of being Mirror foreign correspondent while he preferred to follow a career as a subeditor on the Daily Telegraph.
As a result he got to sub Boris Johnson’s copy when the leadership hopeful was the paper’s Brussels correspondent, a pleasure my jet-setting denied me.
Here is my old friend’s verdict: “Oh please, no Boris as PM.
“I’d phone him to say the introduction to his story wasn’t borne out by the text and he was flamboyant with the facts.
“He’d agree readily to my new intro. Charming but a chancer.”
Boris obviously didn’t learn from his earlier sacking by The Times for being cavalier with the facts there.
If he was now being honest, Boris would choose as his Tory campaign slogan: “Charming but a chancer.”
Then see how many people are willing to vote for him.
HANGING BACK Boris Johnson & Carrie Symonds
UNTRUE BLUE Johnson