BORIS Johnson’s Remain-backing dad yesterday revealed he has applied to stand in the Euro elections for the Tories.
I’m a Celebrity star Stanley Johnson, 78, said he had answered a desperate call by Conservative chiefs for would-be candidates to get their applications in by 5pm yesterday.
Getty – Contributor Boris Johnson with his dad Stanley at the the launch of Boris’s book The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History
It sets the stage for a row with his son Boris who has blasted the EU for trying to turn Britain into a vassal state.
Mr Johnson told LBC’s Shelagh Fogarty: “I have thrown my hat in the ring.
“Last night the Conservative party put out an all-points bulletin saying will candidates please let us know by 5pm this evening if they want to be considered as Conservative candidates of the European elections.
“So I sat up for an hour and a half and I jolly well wrote out why I think it is worth doing.”
Ministers have started preparing for the European Parliament elections amid growing expectations Brexit will be delayed for many months.
The vote is expected to cost the country £109milion.
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Tory activists are furious Britain looks set to take part in the looming vote, and some Conservative MEPs have refused to stand again.
Mr Johnson – who was an MEP from 1979 to 1984 – said it is absurd that the Tories are “talking down” the elections.
And he suggested Britain might get a better Brexit deal if UK politicians sit in Brussels and engage “constructively” with the bloc.
PA:Press Association Remainer Stanley, 78, has thrown his hat in the ring for the upcoming Euro elections
PA:Press Association Brexiteer Boris has blasted the EU for trying to turn Britain into a vassal state