Boris Johnson: Hundreds back Owen Jones' campaign to unseat Foreign Secretary

'The case for campaigning to replace Boris Johnson with a Labour MP is so overwhelming it barely needs writing,' says Owen Jones

Harriet Agerholm
Wednesday 16 August 2017 10:37
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Hundreds of people are planning to attend an event campaigning for Boris Johnson to be unseated from his west London constituency.

The event, which was set up by campaigner and columnist Owen Jones, is set to take place in the Foreign Secretary's Uxbridge seat.

Thousands have said they are interested in attending on 23 July to canvas against the politician.

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"The case for campaigning to replace Boris Johnson with a Labour MP is so overwhelming it barely needs writing," Mr Jones wrote on the Facebook event page.

"Johnson was sacked twice for lying: by his newspaper editor and his party leader. Johnson has called black people 'piccaninnies' with 'watermelon smiles'.

"Johnson once discussed the possibility of a journalist beaten up in a recorded phone interview."

The former London mayor saw his majority slashed by half in June's general election, taking 23,716 votes, a majority of 5,034 ahead of Labour's Vincent Lo.

In 2015, the politician won with a majority of 10,700 votes over his Labour rival.

On Monday, Mr Johnson became the latest senior figure to argue the 1 per cent ceiling on wage rises must be lifted after seven years, in the wake of the Conservatives’ election disaster.

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