Rory Stewart’s Tory leadership launch torn apart by BBC reporter – ‘You’ll be swept aside’


After a director’s performance when delivering his pitch to Tory members, the International Enlargement Secretary was met with a brutal reminder of his outsider status by the BBC  journalist. Mr Stewart was seek fromed whether he recognised that once Boris Johnson launches his competition on Wednesday, all of Mr Stewart’s words will be forgotten. Mr Watt said: “Rory Stewart, I’ve been to most of the Tory command launches and I think it’s fair to say that none of your rivals has put on a conduct quite like this.

“But isn’t the reality that when your comrade Etonian, you know his name, Boris Johnson – when Boris Johnson actions up and stands up tomorrow, all of this will be swept aside?”

The BBC reporter’s remark on was met by the disagreement of the crowd, with cries of “nonsense” shouted by the outsider’s promoters. 

Confident of the response received by Tory members so far, Mr Stewart said: “I credence in in this country, I believe in the Conservative Party.

“I believe they are a powerfully wise, generous, thoughtful group of people.

“I do not believe for a moment – and this isn’t moral nonsense – every association that I go to up and down the country, when you describe that no deal is a recipe for delay, that no deal is a non-existent gismo, it’s not a destination, it’s a failure to reach a destination, and when you ask them do you really have compassion for incline that this is the person that you want engaging with the delegate and the future of your health and education system?

“Is this the person that you stand in want writing instructions to the nuclear submarines?

“Is this the man that you want representing your nation on the world stage and guiding you through the most hard choice that Britain has faced for 50 years?

“I trust the Right members to arrive at the correct answer.”

The Tory frontbencher took a swipe at the previous Foreign Secretary at the beginning of his speech at the Underbelly Festival on London’s south bank by comparing his superintendence rival to an “elephant in a circus tent”. 

He said: “I’m going to speak today all but entirely about what I love about this country.

“Approximately entirely about the ways in which this country can be so much raise than it currently is.

“I’m going to start with that great jumping elephant in the room in this big circus tent.

“I’m speaking not about the cardinal leadership contender here.”

Boris Johnson is currently the frontrunner of the running contest among the ten candidates who have put themselves forward to replace Mrs May.

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