Boris Johnson has signed off in his final Commons look as prime minister by hurling insults at Keir Starmer, branding him a “pointless human bollard”.
Talking from the well-known despatch field for the ultimate time, he additionally referred to as the Labour chief “Captain Hindsight” and boasted his successor would “wipe the ground” with him “like some family detergent”.
Sir Keir exploited Tory divisions by highlighting how the management candidates had “trashed each half” of Mr Johnson’s file, together with on tax and public companies.
He stated Liz Truss, the brand new favorite to take over at No 10, had hit out at former chancellor Rishi Sunak over his lack of a “plan for progress” – asking the prime minister if he agreed.
And he parroted the phrases of Penny Mordaunt, one of many three surviving candidates, who admitted that public companies underneath the Conservatives are “in a determined state”.
However, calling Sir Keir “Captain Hindsight” as soon as once more, Mr Johnson alleged: “Each time one thing must be finished, they attempt to oppose it, he’s an amazing pointless human bollard, that’s what he’s.”
Later, in a unprecedented intervention within the race, the outgoing prime minister urged his successor to not “take heed to the Treasury” – in a transparent assault on Mr Sunak, laying naked years of stress.
He stated the subsequent prime minister ought to “minimize taxes and decontrol wherever you possibly can’, in what’s prone to be seen as an endorsement of Ms Truss, who has promised the largest tax cuts.
Boasting it was “mission largely achieved”, Mr Johnson additionally sought to say a few of the credit score for Russia’s failure to beat Ukraine earlier this yr.
“I wish to use the previous few seconds to offer some phrases of recommendation to my successor, whoever she or he could also be,” the departing chief stated.
“Primary: Keep near the People, stick up for the Ukrainians, stick up for freedom and democracy in all places. Minimize taxes and decontrol wherever you possibly can to make this the best place to reside and make investments, which it’s.
“I really like the Treasury however keep in mind that if we’d at all times listened to the Treasury we wouldn’t have constructed the M25 or the Channel Tunnel.”
He claimed: “We’ve remodeled our democracy and restored our nationwide independence.
“I’ve helped to get this nation by way of a pandemic and helped save one other nation from barbarism, and albeit that’s sufficient to be happening with. Mission largely achieved, for now.”
The prime minister obtained a standing ovation from the Conservative benches, though – strikingly – his predecessor Theresa Could didn’t take part with the clapping.
Mr Johnson additionally all-but confirmed he plans at hand out gongs to allies in a resignation honours checklist, telling MPs to “include their pleasure”.