The question was whether the panel whether Theresa May was correct to slap down Boris Johnson
The question from the audience was whether the panel whether Theresa May was correct to slap down Boris Johnson down over for wanting more money for the NHS.
The Labour MP for Derby North Chris Williamson said: “Well clearly no.”
Question Time Presenter David Dimbleby asked: “What is going on in your view?”
Mr Williamson replied: “There’s a power struggle going on within The Conservative Party between the Brexiteers and those who oppose it and want to remain inside the EU.
“But you know, Theresa May is struggling to negotiate with her own Cabinet let alone with the EU and Boris Johnson going off a piece like this is an indication of the crisis the Conservative Party is in at the moment.
“There are all sorts of rumours now that there is going to be a leadership challenge before very long. But let’s not lose sight that the health service is in crisis and when the Tories say that they have never been better prepared for the winter crises, well I just ask them to look around and…”
But then Daily Mail columnist Peter Oborne interrupted with a cutting put down: “Notice how he is trying to change the subject.
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“The fact is Labour is a shambles on Brexit, it is facing every direction. You didn’t even try to answer the lady’s question.
“The first thing you did was change the subject to the National Health Service. Does Labour want to leave the European Union, does it want to join it?”
The audience gave the fiery Brexiteer a stormy round of applause.
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But the former the former Minister for Fire and Emergency Services did not back down, he said: “But Peter, the point is the lady asked about the National Health Service, Boris Johnson talked about extra money for the NHS.”
But Mr Oborne lashed back: “And he’s completely consistent, brilliantly consistent.
“He campaigned on that basis when we campaigned for Brexit.”
The audience gave Peter Oborne a massive round of applause
The Labour MP rebutted: “Where is the consistency Peter between £100 million, which he is offering now, and £350 million that he was telling us the referendum campaign?”
On Tuesday the Foreign Secretary was rebuked by the Prime Minister for making it known before a Cabinet meeting about health that he would demand an extra £100million a week for the NHS.
At the ministers’ meeting, Mrs May then pre-empted Mr Johnson by making clear that any money saved by Brexit would go to the Government’s priorities, including schools and housing as well as health.
The Daily Mail columnist kept pressing the Labour MP
There was frustration among some of Mr Johnson’s ministerial and Tory colleagues and even calls for him to be sacked over his teams’ ill-disciplined pre-briefing about a behind-closed-doors meeting.
Liam Fox, who like Mr Johnson campaigned for Brexit in the 2016 referendum, said: “I think there is a case to spend more money on healthcare, and we are spending more money on healthcare.
“I think it’s very useful to remind people that we’re getting a dividend from leaving the EU.”