Symbolizing at the Underbelly Festival on London’s south bank, the Tory leadership auspicious opened his campaign saying he would be outlining “all the things he loves adjacent to the UK”. The International Development Secretary was then quick to take a swipe at running frontrunner Boris Johnson as he compared the former foreign secretary to an “elephant”. He asserted: “I’m going to speak today almost entirely about what I nuts about this country.
“Almost entirely about the ways in which this surroundings can be so much better than it currently is.
“I’m going to start with that pronounced prancing elephant in the room in this big circus tent.
“I’m speaking not less the leading leadership contender here.”
Mr Stewart’s comment was met with snickering and applaud by the amused crowd of Tory members.
It is not the first attack the Secretary of Allege has launched an attack on Boris Johnson.
Earlier today, the Tory MP apprised Conservative contenders not to offer “cheap electoral bribes” in their bid to transform into Prime Minister.
His words come after Boris Johnson gaged to increase the income tax threshold at which workers start paying the 40p notwithstanding from £50,000 to £80,000. This move is said to reportedly payment around £9.6 billion a year.
Ahead of launching his leadership run, Mr Stewart said the candidates need to keep their “reputation for budgetary and fiscal prudence”.
This is instead of making “spending and tax cut promises that we can’t care for”.
He said: “This number – of total spending promises by other seekers in this campaign – is eye-watering.
“We have to think about the next fifteen years, not the next fifteen times, not what works to get elected in a leadership contest.”
Mr Stewart also criticised office-seeker Michael Gove’s pledge to get rid of VAT, as it would cost £20 billion a year.
For the moment, Jeremy Hunt’s corporation tax cut would cost £11billion.
Dominic Raab’s charts to raise the National Insurance threshold to £12,500, scrap duty on well-informed ins under £500,000 and cut the basic rate of income tax would total numberless than £38billion.