WATCH: Embarrassment for Boris Johnson as he is told to ‘get back to Parliament’ by heckler

Posted On: 
13th September 2019

Boris Johnson was left embarrassed after being told to "get back to Parliament" by a heckler.

Boris Johnson was heckled during a speech in Rotherham
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Sky News

The Prime Minister was barracked as he delivered a speech in Yorkshire about government plans to devolve more power to the north.

Mr Johnson has been heavily criticised over his decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks in the run-up to Brexit on 31 October.

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Addressing the event, Mr Johnson said: “I’m the first Prime Minister since Clement Attlee, to have been a mayor, I think I’m right in saying that, and I know the transformative potential of local, accountable leadership.

“Someone with the power to sort out what matters most to local people…”

He was then interrupted by a man, who shouted back: “Like our MPs, Boris. Maybe get back to Parliament…”

Mr Johnson responded by saying: “I’m all in favour of our MPs,” but the man again interjected, adding: “Why are you not with them in Parliament sorting out the mess that you have created… why don’t you sort it out Boris, why don’t you sort it out?”

The PM hit back: “I’m very happy to get back to Parliament very soon, but what I think we want to see in this region is towns and communities able to represent that gentleman and sort out his needs and whether tis transport to get to work or good housing or whatever it happens to be.”

The man continued to shout at the stage as he was escorted out of the Rotherham venue by security.

A Queen’s Speech is due to be delivered on 14 October, when the Government will set out its legislative agenda.

But opposition MPs have accused ministers of timing the prorogation of Parliament to prevent them from stopping a no-deal Brexit.

Judges in Scotland last week ruled that the prorogation was unlawful, and the Government's appeal will be heard at the Supreme Court in London on Tuesday.