Boris Johnson has been accused of treating the north of England with “total contempt.” The prime minister cancelled his appearance at a Tory conference in Doncaster only hours before he was scheduled to speak.
According to a senior NRG source, the group, which comprises one of the Conservative party’s largest caucuses, covers areas that helped Johnson achieve his 80-seat majority and “came through for him” during last week’s confidence vote. The prime minister was subsequently discovered to be in Ukraine, meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
This angered many that were at the event, with some thinking the North mustn’t mean that much to the London Bubble-based PM. The Guardian reported one Tory MP saying, “Even his most loyal supporters here are pretty pissed off.”
While Boris Johnson was in Ukraine, Boris Johnson backed a £3.5 billion aid proposal to help Ukraine rebuild.
The Telegraph reported one senior member of the Northern Research Group as saying ”its MPs had backed him in the confidence vote, but he has now “burnt through colleagues’ goodwill” with the no-show.”
“He is clearly scared of voters, and holds his colleagues, and the North of England in contempt,” they said.
Many people also believe that his priorities should be to prioritise Britain’s interests during a time of devastating tax rises, inflation, and higher fuel costs not swanning off to Ukraine.