Boris Johnson hits back at Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby for criticising Rwanda asylum plan | Politics News
Boris Johnson hit back at the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby over his criticism of sending illegal migrants to Rwanda, saying top clerics should condemn Vladimir Putin.
In an upbeat speech to Tory MPs following his partisan apology in the Commons, the prime minister said that while the bishops attacked the Rwanda agreement in their Easter sermons they were silent Putin.
Mr Johnson also hit Sir Keir Starmeraccused him of “stimulating the political debate” with his personal attacks on him in the Commons, after a Tory MP claimed the Labor leader had “went into a hysterical rampage”.
Prime Minister’s Resistance – at a closed-door meeting – in stark contrast to his more stern tone in the Commons meeting room and delivered in his signature knock-on style.
The Prime Minister saluted at the Tory back table meeting by slamming the table
During the meeting, a Tory MP stated party was “a wet blanket” and other MPs claimed it was not raised by voters during the May 5 local election campaign.
Asked by Sky News as he arrived for a meeting with cabinet ministers and Downing Street aides: “How are you feeling, Prime Minister?” Mr Johnson replied: “Very well, thanks.”
He was then greeted with a table-smashing ceremony – lasting 30 seconds – as he entered the room and immediately issued a call to unite and support the party as he battled against those who only quote yourself.
According to a senior government source, Mr Johnson alleges Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby for having “misunderstood” the policy of bringing in some asylum seekers Rwanda.
Sources close to the Prime Minister said he accused the archbishop of being “less harsh” in condemning President Putin than when he attacked the policy.
During his Easter Sunday homily at Canterbury Cathedral, Mr Welby raised “serious ethical questions” about the policy and said it could not “withstand the judgment of God”.
In his homily, the Archbishop said that “assigning our responsibility, even to a country that seeks to do good, like Rwanda, is contrary to the very nature of God, Who responsible for our own failures.”
In urging MPs to stick with him, Mr. Johnson began his remarks by telling them: “The UK public hates politicians talking about themselves. They want them to talk about their problems. surname.”
Complimenting cabinet colleagues, he said Prime Minister Rishi Sunak are “doing an excellent job” and ask them, “Would you rather run the economy, Rishi or Rachel Reeves?”
And attacking Labor, Mr Johnson said many in the shadow cabinet now support Jeremy Corbyn as leader, adding: “Where will he be on Ukraine?”
One person present said about 20 MPs asked questions during the meeting, of which only two were “skeptics” and both were critics of the prime minister.
A source close to the Prime Minister claims a Tory MP, Jason McCartney, brought forward Jo Cox’s murder in June 2016 while he was attacking the Labor leader.
The source said: “He said Starmer was running into hysteria – to remind everyone that two MPs were killed – which is likely happening here for visceral hatred.
“You saw a lot of that on the opposition bench today.
“The prime minister was more restrained in his response, but said there was a heated debate that our politics were not in favor.”
Another Tory MP, Craig Whittaker, was cheered when he said partygate was “an extremely wet blanket that obscures all the good news”.