Boris Johnson has been heckled by members of the public yet again while trying to set out plans for his premiership, facing vocal criticism from people both while making a speech and in the street during a trip to South Yorkshire.
The Prime Minister visited Rotherham on Friday where he intended to discuss better devolution of powers to the region, and hoped to gain support for the Tory Party in the traditionally Labour-voting area that backed Leave in the 2016 referendum.
But instead of receiving praise during the speech about handing power to the northern leaders in Rotherham, Mr Johnson was heckled over his decision to suspend Parliament this week.
‘Get back to Parliament’
— Joe Pike (@joepike) September 13, 2019
In the speech, which was broadcast live on Sky News, the Prime Minister said: “I know the transformative potential of local accountable leadership, someone with the power to sort out what matters most to local people.”
Interrupting the Prime Minister, a man shouted: “Like our MPs, Boris?”
“Yes, indeed,” Mr Johnson replied.
The heckler continued: “Maybe get back to Parliament. Yeah? Why are you not with them in Parliament sorting out the mess that you have created? Why don’t you sort it out, Boris?”
Mr Johnson said: “I’m very happy to get back to Parliament very soon, but what we want to see in this region is towns and communities able to represent that gentlemen and sort out his needs.”
After being heckled, Mr Johnson insisted there would be “ample time” for MPs to debate any Brexit deal.
“Whatever the shenanigans that may be going on at Westminster, we will get on with delivering our agenda and preparing to take this country out of the EU on 31 October,” he said.
“There will be ample time for Parliament to consider the deal that I very much hope to do at the EU summit on October 17-18.
“There will be ample time, as the gentlemen I think… who left prematurely, not necessarily under his own steam, that is the answer to his question.
‘People died because of austerity’
“People have died because of austerity, and you’ve got the cheek to come here and tell us austerity’s over and it’s all good now.”
That’s what one woman told Boris Johnson during a visit to Doncaster, but he said his government was putting more money into public services. pic.twitter.com/zPcMkBtKIX
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) September 13, 2019
Also in Doncaster Mr Johnson faced heavy criticism from a local, where one woman took him to task for the previous Conservative Government’s austerity programme, which was captured by Channel 4 News.
Photos of the scene captured many locals taking selfies with the Prime Minister as he visited the city’s market.
But one woman asked him: “Where’s the money coming from now? Why have we all of a sudden got loads of money? All your going to do is you’re going to put the same amount of police on the street is what you’ve took off.”
Mr Johnson answered: “Well, we’re putting 20,000 more police. That’s absolutely true. So we’re also putting a lot more into hospitals. We’ve got 20 hospital upgrades and that’s on top of the 34 billion we’re putting in. So I appreciate the things have been tight but that’s because of the mess of the finances…”
The woman cut in saying: “People died because of austerity, and then you’ve got the cheek to come here and tell us austerity is over and it’s all good now. We’re going to leave the EU and everything’s going to be great. It’s just a fairy tale.”
As some in the crowd shouted in support of Brexit the woman said that she would prefer “a Labour Brexit to a Tory Brexit”.
‘You’ve drained Doncaster’
As Mr Johnson responded that Labour wanted to “go against” Brexit, the woman told him: “I’m not really interested in Labour. I’m more interested in the fact that you’ve drained Doncaster. Doncaster has had no funds on central government, every year there’s less money for Doncaster.”
The Prime Minister said: “We’ve got a huge new towns fund which is going to be giving £3.6bn pounds. Doncaster is one of the towns that is going to be eligible.
“And we’re putting money into the NHS, we’re putting money into schools. And I think there are very good times ahead. And then frankly, if you want to, you want to leave if you want to get out of the EU.
“The only way is to stick with us because at the moment everybody else seems to be wanting to reverse the result of the referendum and I think that would be a total betrayal of democracy.”
‘Leave my town’
Last week Mr Johnson had a similar experience in West Yorkshire with one moment a man told him politely to “leave my town” going viral after being captured by the BBC.
The Government is hoping to gain votes in Northern Brexit supporting constituencies with a combination of a hardline approach to Brexit and increased spending in the areas that have been hit hard by ten years of austerity.
Additional reporting by Press Association.
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