Boris Johnson confronted by woman over austerity deaths
Boris Johnsons tour of the north has not been welcomed by everyone and he has now been heckled by three people on different occasions.
In Doncaster this afternoon, the Prime Minister was confronted by an angry voter who told him he had a cheek to come to her South Yorkshire town.
She accused him of selling a fairytale with the claim that life in the UK would be better after Brexit.
The unnamed woman said: People have died because of austerity. And youve got the cheek to come here and tell us austerity is over and its all good now and were going to leave the EU and everythings going to be great – its just a fairytale.
Last week in Morley – Boris Johnson was told #PleaseLeaveMyTown.
Today – its Doncaster.
— Clare Fallon (@clarefallon) September 13, 2019
Mr Johnson seemed lost for words during the verbal assault as he walked around the market place.
Doncaster voted 69% in favour of leaving during the 2016 EU referendum and has been regarded as a Labour stronghold.
The heckler told the PM she would rather have a Labour Brexit rather than a Tory Brexit.
Mr Johnson eventually told her: If you look at it, the Labour Party have decided that they dont even want to do Brexit after all.
But she replied: Theyre going to give everybody a vote on an actual deal – thats more than what youre going to do.
Mr Johnson was in South Yorkshire on a charm offensive that appears to be falling flat.
Later the same afternoon, his big speech in Rotherham was interrupted by a man who repeatedly shouted condemnation of his controversial decision to suspend the Commons this week.
As he attempted to set out his plans for a Northern Powerhouse, a member of the audience shouted: Maybe get back into Parliament, yes?
Why are you not with them in Parliament sorting out the mess you created?
The mans outburst clearly rattled Mr Johnson who replied: Would you mind…Im happy to get back to Parliament very soon.
The man was soon removed from the audience.
Last week, Mr Johnson was accosted by a voter in Leeds who asked why he wasnt busy in the EU trying to negotiate a deal.
The PM has been visiting the north after local politicians made a joint call for more help in their regions from his Tory government.
In a speech Mr Johnson said: It is time that we gave more people a say over the places where they live, and its time that we gave you a proper ability to run things your way.
We are going to maximise the power of the North.
And we are going to make sure that it is people here who are in control over the things that matter to them.