ANDREW NEIL was stunned when ERG member Mark Francois used the fall of the Berlin Wall as an analogy for Labour’s so-called ‘red wall’, demanding to know if the Tory was “hallucinating”.
BBC’s Andrew Neil was shocked when ERG member Mark Francois compared the ‘red wall’ of Labour seats in the North and Midlands to the Berlin Wall. The election exit poll has suggested the Conservatives have done major damage to it, picking up traditional Labour voters. The BBC journalist accused Mr Francois of “hallucinating” with his analogy.
Mr Francois said: “There’s talk of the red wall.
“In 1989, Russia’s Berlin Wall came down. In 2019, Labour’s red wall came down.”
Mr Neil shot back: “Labour’s red wall is analogous to the Berlin Wall of a totalitarian state?
“Is this result making you hallucinate?”
The ERG Tory defended himself: “In this election, the Labour Party presented a Marxist option and the British people have resoundingly defeated it.
“The psephologists will do lots of analysis later about why people voted the way they did.
“I think there were two overriding reasons.
“One was to get Brexit done.”
He continued: “The other was that Jeremy Corbyn was toxic.
“I canvassed in a very working class ward in Thurrock.
Five weeks ago, in the rain and the wet, and in two hours, I didn’t find one single Labour voter.”
The Conservatives are set to win an overall majority of 86 in the general election, according to an exit poll for the BBC, ITV and Sky News.
The survey taken at UK polling stations suggests the Tories will get 368 MPs – 50 more than at the 2017 election – when all the results have been counted.
Labour would get 191, the Lib Dems 13, the Brexit Party none and the SNP 55.
In one of the first seats to declare, the Conservatives took Blyth Valley in north-east England from Labour.
This is the first time the former mining area will have a Conservative MP – NHS worker Ian Levy.