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John Major tells voters to reject Boris Johnson’s Conservatives

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  • Former Conservative Prime Minister John Major will on Friday urge voters to reject candidates from his own party.
  • Sir John will back several senior Conservatives who were booted out of the party by prime minister Boris Johnson.
  • He will say: “Let me make one thing absolutely clear: none of them has left the Conservative Party, the Conservative Party has left them.”
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Former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major will on Friday urge the British public to vote against candidates from his own party at next week’s general election.

In an extraordinary intervention, Major, who served as Conservative party leader and UK prime minister for seven years during the 1990s, will on Friday urge voters to back independent candidates who either quit, or were expelled from, Boris Johnson’s Conservative party over Brexit.

Major, a vocal supporter of staying in the European Union, is set to declare his support for former ministers David Gauke, Dominic Grieve, and Anne Milton, who were booted out of the party earlier this year for voting to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

Speaking at an anti-Brexit rally, he will say: “Let me make one thing absolutely clear: none of them has left the Conservative Party, the Conservative Party has left them.”

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