Published On: Wed, Oct 2nd, 2019

Boris Johnson pays tribute to Theresa May at Conference whilst she sits alone in Commons | UK | News

could be spotted sitting alone on the Conservative backbenches ahead of the Prime Minister Questions session. The former Prime Minister decided to stay in London rather than witnessing her party leader’s closing speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. began his speech by paying tribute to the former Prime Minister and pledged to continue her work and build on her legacy. 

He said: “I should begin by paying tribute to my predecessor, Theresa.

“Theresa May, I know the whole Conference remains full of gratitude to you and to Philip May for your patience.

“And yes, we will continue with your work of tackling domestic violence and modern slavery and building on your legacy.”

The Prime Minister, who was supposed to be in the Commons to face Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for the weekly PMQs session, was replaced by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab who faced Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott instead. 

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During his speech in Manchester, Mr Johnson described British politics as a system “on the blink”.

He told the Manchester audience: “There is one part of the British system that seems to be on the blink.

“If Parliament were a laptop, then the screen would be showing, I’m afraid, the pizza wheel of doom.

“If Parliament were a school, Ofsted would be shutting it down and putting it in special measures.

“And that is why we are coming out of the EU on October 31, come what may, Conference.

“Let’s get Brexit done. We can, we must, and we will, even though things have not been made easier by the surrender bill.

“We will work for a deal with our EU friends, but whatever happens we must come out by the end of October.

“Let’s get this thing done – and then let’s get ready to make our case to the country.”

Theresa May was later joined by other Conservative MPs, including Father of the House Ken Clarke, as PMQs begun. 


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