A HECKLER burst in on Boris Johnson’s speech and yelled “get back to Parliament” to sort out Brexit before being dragged out.
The lone man was collared by security as he interrupted the PM’s efforts to woo northern voters today.
The man was quickly and firmly escorted from the building by security[/caption]
He interrupted the Prime Minister’s speech to business leaders and politicians[/caption]
He was bundled out of a fire exit after heckling in the middle of the Convention of the North meeting – where 1,000 business leaders and politicians gathered.
The Prime Minister had said: “I know the transformative potential of local accountable leadership, someone with the power to sort out what matters most to local people.”
Leading the man to launch into a rant, shouting: “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.”
It came before BBC presenter Steph McGovern was accused of bias today after telling the Prime Minister “I’m a girly swot, let’s see who’s in the job longest” as he left the stage.
The 37-year-old fired the shot at the Prime Minister in response to the leaking of an old note where he slammed David Cameron as a “girly swot”.
Boris Johnson was mid-way through wooing northern voters before he was interrupted[/caption]
The BBC Breakfast presenter, currently on maternity leave, was hosting the Convention of the North in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
She was criticised for the outburst as the PM left the stage, with people calling it “inappropriate”, and pointing out she was skirting the BBC’s politically neutral policy.
During his speech today Mr Johnson said he trusted northern powers to “take back control” of local train services.
And elected mayors across the north of England were promised London-style powers over local rail fares, timetables, rolling stock and stations, as the Prime Minister said he would “do devolution properly”.
He said: “So today I’m announcing my intention to give the railways of the North back to the people of the North, back to the places where they were born – back to Stockton and to Darlington, back to Liverpool and Manchester.
“It is local leadership. Trusting people to take back control and run things in the way they want to.
“Only local champions can really make the difference for their towns and their communities.
“It’s time for the North to run its own trains.”
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Mr Johnson also announced his government will also create a new Northern Powerhouse growth body to drive the region’s economy, to “maximise the power of the North”.
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, has been a leading and long-standing critic of the state of transport services in the North, saying northerners are “beyond fed up” with the “chaos” on local trains.
Northern Rail’s performance has been worsening but its franchise, which Mr Burnham wants cancelled, runs until 2023.
Mr Burnham and Steve Rotheram, Mayor of Liverpool City Region, welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement.
Earlier this week we told how Mr Johnson ruled out a Northern Ireland only backstop after an Irish EU chief said chances of a Brexit deal are rising.
The backstop, the most controversial element of Theresa May’s deal, has been a constant stumbling block in Brexit negotiations.
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But today it appeared the PM may have been handed a lifeline in negotiations.
Last night it was said the DUP has agreed to a move that could pave the way for a Brexit deal.
It would be a new deal to replace the hard Irish backstop, a sticking point for many in the Brexit negotiations.
Mr Johnson spoke at the Convention of the North, a meeting of 1,000 senior business leaders and politicians in Rotherham[/caption]
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