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Johnson pledges not to let down wary first-time Conservative voters

 

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a Conservative Party event following the results of the general election in London, Britain, December 13, 2019. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised not to let down voters whose hands had “quivered over the ballot paper” before backing his Conservative party for the first time.

 

“We will get Brexit done on time by the 31st of January, no ifs, no buts, no maybes,” he told cheering supporters on Friday.

 

The Conservatives were set for a resounding victory in an election in which Brexit was widely seen as the decisive factor, with his “Get Brexit done” mantra winning over former Labour voters in the opposition party’s traditional heartlands.

 

At a party event in central London, Johnson acknowledged those who had switched allegiances, and whose hands he said may have “quivered over the ballot paper” before voting for him.

 

“You may only have lent us your vote, you may not think of yourself as a natural Tory (Conservative) ... you may hope to return to Labour next time round, and if that is the case, I am humbled that you have put your trust in me,” he said.

 

The dent that the Conservatives made in Labour’s so-called Red Wall across industrial areas of central and northern England came as voters favoured leaving the European Union and rejected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s ambiguous stance on the issue.

 

“We have won votes and the trust of people who have never voted Conservative before,” Johnson said. “Those people want change. We cannot, must not, must not let them down.”

 

Concluding his short speech given at 0700 GMT he said that there was other business to attend to before he got onto the main job of leaving the EU: “Let’s get Brexit done but first, my friends, let’s get breakfast done.”

 

 

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strangely worded heading,

 

the "letting down" will be limited to the routine Cons voters

whilst the first time Cons voters will be spared being "let down"

 

 

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12 minutes ago, melvinmelvin said:

 

strangely worded heading,

 

the "letting down" will be limited to the routine Cons voters

whilst the first time Cons voters will be spared being "let down"

 

 

It only means that, if you want it to mean that .

I'm quite sure that you know what was meant .

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56 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

... you may hope to return to Labour next time round, and if that is the case, I am humbled that you have put your trust in me,” he said.

Their trust may need some legs, as a potential 10-year run in #10 looms large.  A blank script awaits 'The Boris' with his commanding majority in the HOC.  Interesting times (and theatre) ahead, indeed. 

 

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1 hour ago, sanemax said:

It only means that, if you want it to mean that .

I'm quite sure that you know what was meant .

 

yes agree and yes I do

 

but at the same time, I expect of journalists in particular that they strive for precision and unambig.

not adequate striving behind that headline

 

at any rate,

pretty wise of BJ to take that line re 1st time Cons voters,

some might become Cons regulars if he focuses sufficiently on 'em

 

 

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4 hours ago, melvinmelvin said:

 

strangely worded heading,

 

the "letting down" will be limited to the routine Cons voters

whilst the first time Cons voters will be spared being "let down"

 

 

The Cons only increased their popular vote by approx 400, 000.

From 13.6M to 13.9 M. It would appear there are not many new Con voters about 1.2%

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2 hours ago, Dumbastheycome said:

Perhaps his  intended  meaning is that he will continue his lies to them no differently than his  staunch base supporters?

 

 Lets not forget the Ditch , promises promises .

 

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3 minutes ago, chokrai said:

Big beautiful trade deal coming with Trump. Tired of winning yet?

 

      Do you mean the NHS, being controlled stateside..

 

 

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3 hours ago, cleopatra2 said:

The Cons only increased their popular vote by approx 400, 000.

From 13.6M to 13.9 M. It would appear there are not many new Con voters about 1.2%

is that so?

 

those 400k gave the Cons a heap of seats though, guess this is one of the odd fptp effects

 

with such a majority in HoC, fat chance moving away from fptp

 

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What did he say? If he lets them down then he will die in a ditch?

Or no if's no but, ….

Or maybe: trust me

 

 

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