A YOUNG woman police officer collapsed behind Boris Johnson during a speech made just hours after his brother quit the party.
Mr Johnson had been speaking for about 20 minutes when the young woman appeared to become unwell.
She was one of about 35 student officers who were standing in lines behind him during a speech in Wakefield today.
The officers had been standing behind his lectern, in front of an old-style police box, for at least 20 minutes before the speech began.
The young woman officer went to hold her hat and then sat down as others around her looked concerned.
Colleagues sitting in the audience in front of the Prime Minister drew his attention to her plight, prompting him to turn and ask her: “Are you all right?”
As the officer sat with her head bowed, Mr Johnson said: “I’m so sorry, OK that is a signal for me actively to wind up.”
Mr Johnson then continued his attack on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for not backing his plans for a snap election, before he stopped talking.
As he finished, the PM went to check on the stricken officer.
She was then attended to by colleagues.
‘DEAD IN A DITCH’
It comes as Mr Johnson said today he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than grovel to Brussels for another extension to Brexit.
He repeated his vow to take us out of the bloc by October 31 and said staying in was costing the taxpayer “a billion pounds a month”.
Just hours earlier his brother, Jo, quit the government saying he had been “torn between family loyalty and the national interest”.
The Prime Minister said his brother “does not agree with me about the European Union because it’s an issue that obviously divides families and divides everybody”.
The shock resignation came as Mr Johnson geared up for an election campaign which will focus on his “do or die” approach to Brexit.
The Government will mount a fresh attempt to call an early election on Monday after failing in a bid last night to go to the country on October 15.
Opposition parties are in talks about how to respond to Mr Johnson’s call for a snap election, with concern about whether it should be delayed until after an extension has been secured to prevent a no-deal Brexit on Halloween.
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A cross-party bid to force the PM to ask for another Brexit extension if there is not a deal in place cleared the Commons yesterday.
Asked if he could make a promise to the public not to return to Brussels to ask for a further Brexit delay, the PM said: “Yes, I can.
“I would rather be dead in a ditch.”
But he did not give a direct answer when asked if he would resign before requesting that delay.
Instead, he said: “It costs a billion pounds a month, it achieves absolutely nothing. What on Earth is the point of further delay? I think it’s totally, totally pointless.”
The PM said he hated “banging on about Brexit” and added: “I don’t want an election at all, but frankly I cannot see any other way.”