Conservatives and Greens launch general election campaigns

The PM spoke outside Downing Street this afternoon

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Boris Johnson has taken to the steps of Downing Street to launch the Conservative Party’s general election campaign, leading with his “oven-ready” Brexit deal.

The Prime Minister said his Withdrawal Agreement is a “great deal for this country” that could take Britain out of the EU in “just a few weeks”.

He added that it “delivers everything that I wanted when I campaigned for Brexit,” citing hundreds of millions of pounds to spend on “priorities such as the NHS”.

He said: “I don't want an early election and no one much wants to have an election in December, but we've got to the stage where we have no choice because our Parliament is paralysed.”

During his eight-minute speech he called on the country to avoid “dither and the drift and the delay” by voting for a “moderate and compassionate one nation Conservative government”.

The Green Party said this election should be a 'climate election'

The Conservative campaign got off to a rocky start with cabinet minister Jacob Rees-Mogg facing calls to resign.

It's over comments he made suggesting the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy lacked “common sense” for following fire service advice and not evacuating the building.

Meanwhile, the Green Party has launched their “climate election” campaign with a pledge to borrow more than £900 billion over the next decade to rid the UK of fossil fuels.

Co-leader Jonathan Bartley said its £100-billion-a-year investment in a “Green New Deal” would be far cheaper than the “trillions” a climate emergency could cost.

Kicking off its election operation in Bristol, the party pledged a “vision for a different future” and promised to decarbonise every sector of the economy and achieve net zero carbon by 2030.

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