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Theresa May gives standing ovation to speech branding Boris Johnson ‘irrelevant and offensive’

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND —  Theresa May gave a standing ovation
to a speaker who branded the former Foreign Secretary Boris
Johnson “offensive” and an “irrelevance.”

Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, the
former director of the Confederation of British Industry, Lord
Digby Jones, said that Johnson’s recent comments about business
leaders were deeply offensive.

Asked about corporate concerns over Brexit earlier this year,
Johnson reportedly replied: “F*** business.” 

Referring to Johnson’s comments, Jones said it showed up Johnson
for the “irrelevance” he had become.

“Business is so important that when I heard a former Foreign
Secretary say ‘F business’ it showed him up for the irrelevance
and offensive person he is and I take great exception to that.”

He later added that “wealth creators don’t like business haters,”
in an apparent reference to both Johnson and Labour
leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The comments were applauded in the conference hall with the prime
minister subsequently giving Jones’ speech a standing ovation.

Watch Theresa May give a standing ovation to Digby Jones

The row came after Johnson launched an attack on May’s handling
of Brexit in an interview in the Sunday Times suggesting her
Chequers plan to leave the EU was “deranged.”

Johnson told the Sunday Times that “unlike the prime minister I
campaigned for Brexit” and suggested that the party could win the
next general election if it had a popular leader, as it did when
he twice won the London mayoral election.

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