Boris Johnson giving his first speech as Prime Minister
Boris Johnson giving his first speech as Prime Minister

Cllr Jack Hopkins is the Leader of the Council, and a councillor in Oval Ward. 

It’s 38 degrees outside, Boris Johnson is Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and we are no closer to solving this Brexit nightmare – out of their frying pan and into the fire.

Unfortunately, Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister is no joke – and it is a huge affront to our values which we must tackle head on. Boris’ racist, misogynistic, homophobic, and all round offensive gaffes make him utterly unfit to occupy the highest office in the land. His comments aren’t funny, they are a disgrace.

When someone as odious and despicable as Donald Trump repeatedly endorses Boris, it must beg the question – is this really the person we want running our country? The answer, every single time, is no.

Lambeth Labour will continue to campaign for a people’s vote and for a general election. The parliamentary arithmetic around Brexit has not changed, Boris will not be able to deliver a deal that works for the country – and so it is time to put the choice back to the people, with remaining in the EU as an option on the ballot paper. Boris Johnson has not been elected by the people – he was elected by 0.2% of the population, the tory selectorate. It is right that the people should be able to choose who leads our country through these uncertain times.

Despite Boris’ unsavoury history, he promised in his speech immediately following his election that his government would deliver better education, better infrastructure, and more police. Today I have written to our Prime Minister in waiting to demand that he delivers on his promises and truly brings an end to austerity.

A decade of austerity has decimated publically funded services. Since 2010, councils have lost 60p out of every £1 that the last Labour government was spending on local government. Vital services like adult social care, children’s services and housing have all reached breaking point – they simply cannot continue to be delivered to meet demand without an immediate and sustainable injection of funding. Time and time again, sticking plaster solutions have failed to address the looming crisis we have in the care sector, let alone deal with the longer term pressures our services face.

We cannot rely on this new tory government to make good on Theresa May’s promise to put an end to austerity, no matter what Boris may say in his first days in office. That’s why we are ready for an election, whenever it comes – and we hope it comes soon so that we can elect the Labour government that the people of this country deserve.

Cllr Jack Hopkins

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