A Conservative civil war would be a gift to Labour

OVER the past three years, this Prime Minister has faced an unprecedented series of challenges – Brexit, Covid-19, war in Europe and global pressures on the cost of living.

Most executives would have found them individually daunting and collectively overwhelming.

Boris Johnson leaves Parliament after last night's vote of confidence in his leadership


Boris Johnson leaves Parliament after last night’s vote of confidence in his leadershipCredit: AP
The Prime Minister won the confidence vote by 211 votes


The Prime Minister won the confidence vote by 211 votes

Not Boris Johnson.

Again and again he made the big decisions – and proved the doubters wrong.

Brexit – the largest democratic vote in our history – looked like a lost cause three years ago this time.

Boris became prime minister a month later, and within five months he got Brexit through, despite howls of protest and concerted blockade tactics in Parliament.

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As the UK was hit by the worst global pandemic in generations, it was told it would take years to develop the vaccine that would defeat the virus.

He set up a task force to find and support the most promising projects and secured us a stock of the best vaccines – for the fastest launch of boosters in Europe.

Next, the Prime Minister accepted the big call to furlough protect millions of jobs, jobs that would otherwise have been destroyed by the pandemic.

He saved our country from these permanent economic and social scars.

And he continues to demonstrate that he has a €37 billion package this year alone.

Abroad, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has shown exceptional fortitude and courage after Russia’s unprovoked attack on its peaceful, law-abiding neighbor.

But he also commended our Prime Minister for the support and solidarity the UK has shown Ukraine in its hour of need – from our sanctions against Russia to our military and humanitarian support to the Ukrainian people.

Because of Boris Johnson, Ukrainian MPs waved Union Jacks in their parliament when he addressed them, and ordinary Ukrainians have sung God Save The Queen in the towns and villages of this war-torn country.

In the face of all these global challenges, it is more important than ever for the government to focus on its work at lightning speed.

Some would like to see a destructive, divisive and distracting Conservative civil war up in Westminster.

It would dominate the agenda for months.

It would mean that a drip, drip, drip of conservatives would beat it against conservatives.

It would mean Westminster talking to itself about itself and alienating millions we were elected to represent.

It would be a spectacular show of self-indulgence.

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It would also be a gift to Labor – to give them the best possible chance in the next election.

Instead, at this navel-gazing in Westminster, we must turn a page and focus all our energies on delivering to the British people the things that Sun readers really care about.

Boost the economy to attract the investments we need and get the cost of living under control. Funding the NHS to clear the Covid backlog.

Strengthening education and skills for every child, regardless of their background or start in life.

And my own mission to reduce crime to make our streets safer.

The Prime Minister shares my determination as Justice Secretary to keep serious offenders in jail longer and to rehabilitate those who are serious about taking a second chance to go straight – to curb recidivism and protect the public.

Over the past eight months, we’ve begun revamping the parole board to keep more dangerous criminals off our streets.

We are making public protection a priority and adding ministerial oversight to the most serious criminal cases.

Harder Sentences

We have announced our plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights, essentially to strengthen UK rights like freedom of expression while adding some common sense to the system by preventing foreign offenders from using human rights to thwart deportations .

I plan to release the full Bill of Rights shortly.

We have tightened penalties for sexual and violent offenders.

We instituted Harper’s Law, so anyone who kills one of our brave responders in the line of duty faces a mandatory life sentence.

We introduced Tony’s Law so that adults who cause or allow the deaths of children are imprisoned for life – to protect the most vulnerable.

We’ve made it easier for victims of domestic violence to seek justice by giving them more time to report incidents of assault against them.

But this Prime Minister and this government are restless to go further and faster. From lowering the cost of living to lowering crime, only conservatives have a detailed plan.

Led by a Prime Minister with the passion, vision and tenacity to deliver on people’s priorities, this government must get on with its job – and nothing should distract us from that. A Conservative civil war would be a gift to Labour


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