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Boris Johnson’s election campaign gets off to awkward start

Courier Mail 2019-11-06 22:20:00

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s election campaign is off to a very shaky start.

The Conservative Party leader visited the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday (local time) to formally begin the five-week election period.

The snap poll will take place on December 12, just 35 days from now and less than two months before Britain must leave the European Union on January 31.

“Let’s get Brexit done,” Mr Johnson said, standing outside 10 Downing Street on a chilly, grey day in London.

“Come with us, get Brexit done and take this country forward, or, and this is the alternative next year, spend the whole of 2020 in a horror show of yet more dither and delay,” he said.

media_cameraBoris Johnson has officially kicked off his election campaign. Picture: AP Photo/Matt Dunhammedia_cameraHe says he just wants to get Brexit done. Picture: Tolga AKMEN/AFP

But just an hour after Mr Johnson visited the Queen, he was dealt a deflating blow.

His minister for Wales, Alun Cairns, resigned after being accused of lying about his knowledge of an aide who allegedly sabotaged a rape trial.

His Conservative Party chairman, James Cleverly, also spent the morning defending a Twitter post by his party, which included an edited video of a rival Labour Party politician.

The video made Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer seem unable to answer a question about Brexit, when in fact he did.

And as if things couldn’t get any worse, House of Commons leader