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Tory Conference 2018

Arlene Foster: DUP would work with ‘Prime Minister’ Boris Johnson

KINGMAKER Arlene Foster has practically dumped Appeaser Theresa and has signalled she would work with Boris Johnson if he replaced the weak and unstable Prime Minister.

She praised his “positive” vision for Brexit and endorsed a future Boris Johnson leadership bid saying she liked the “belief” and “spirit” of Boris’ blueprint for Brexit.

In a Telegraph interview hit out at Theresa May and criticised her Government, which desperately needs the DUP’s votes to maintain its working majority after May’s election disaster.

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She refused to rule out backing a Canada-style deal for Brexit if an agreement could be found on avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland.

Her comments come ahead of Boris’ speech at the Conservative Party Conference later today, in which he will address 700 Tory voters at a fringe event in Birmingham later today.

Boris will use his eagerly-anticipated speech to issue a call for Conservatives to “believe in Conservative values”.

He will not only restate his opposition to the Prime Minister’s handling of Brexit but call on Tories to focus on law and order, tax cuts and house-building in order to defeat Labour.

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His call for Tories to stick to their tax-cutting guns will come as a rebuke to Chancellor Philip Hammond, who has openly admitted taxes will rise to help pay for the £20 billion spending boost promised to the NHS.

Hammond mocked Boris, although had a low turnout for his own speech signalling an end to his tenure as chancellor.

He mimicked his style of speaking in an interview with the Daily Mail, in which he predicted that Johnson will never become PM.

Accusing Mr Johnson of lacking the attention to detail to succeed in “grown-up politics”, he dismissed the “super-Canada” Brexit deal favoured by the former foreign secretary as a “fantasy world” plan.

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Extracts released ahead of Mr Johnson’s speech to a fringe meeting on Tuesday suggest he will present himself as ready to stand up for Tory values and lead a fight against Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour.

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