East Ham MP says Boris Johnson doesn't offer 'a hopeful way forward'
PUBLISHED: 14:06 23 July 2019 | UPDATED: 09:51 24 July 2019
East Ham MP Stephen Timms there isn't "a hopeful way forward" for Britain under Boris Johnson, with the Brexit deadline looming.
Mr Johnson will become prime minister on Wednesday (July 24) after winning the Conservative Party leadership contest with 92,153 votes compared to rival Jeremy Hunt's 46,656.
He faces a daunting task when he enters Number 10, including keeping his "do or die" promise to meet the Brexit deadline of October 31.
Mr Timms told the Recorder: "Boris Johnson doesn't offer a hopeful way forward for Britain.
"He is willing to countenance a No Deal Brexit which could lead to mass job losses, and risk the future of the NHS and the break-up of the United Kingdom.
"And he favours tax cuts for the highest earners at a time when the outlook for our cash-starved public services, after years of austerity, is grim."
West Ham MP Lyn Brown said Mr Johnson's victory marked "a very sad day for the UK".
She said: "Less than 100,000 members of the Tory Party, a party completely unreflective of the country as a whole, inflicted Boris Johnson on this country.
"He is a man who appears to delight in offensive and racist comments, who seemed woefully unprepared and incompetent as foreign secretary, who wasted our money on vanity projects as mayor of London and had spent the last weeks offering tax cuts for the rich after nine years of Tory austerity."
In his victory speech, Mr Johnson said it was not irreconcilable to remain close with the EU and to deliver Brexit.
He added: "I think we know that we can do it and that the people of this country are trusting in us to do it and we know that we will do it."
Mr Johnson also repeated his campaign mantra: "Deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn."
He added: "And that is what we are going to do."
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted: "Congratulations Boris Johnson. Let's put aside our differences and work together to reverse police and Transport for London cuts, invest in affordable homes and secure further devolution to London - which you backed as Mayor.
"But I'll never stop speaking out against the catastrophic threat of Brexit."
Newham mayor Rokhsana Fiaz was contacted for comment.