Boris Johnson tried to get his campaign on track after a stumble with one of his best-known ministers in trouble for comments about people killed in a tower-block fire. Johnson launched the Conservative Party election campaign with a rally in the West Midlands on Wednesday.
Before that, the prime minister travelled to see Queen Elizabeth II before returning to his Downing Street residence to formally mark the start of election campaigning. Johnson, who twice failed to persuade parliament to allow him to have an election before succeeding at the third attempt, will say he didn’t want to go to the polls but had
“no choice,” according to his office.
The opposition Labour Party is seizing on Cabinet minister Jacob Rees-Mogg’s comments about the Grenfell Tower fire to try to demonstrate the Conservatives are out of touch with ordinary voters.