MICHAEL Gove used his election speech to issue a scathing direct attack on outgoing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who he blasted for his “politics of division, extremism and antisemitism”.
Mr Gove was speaking as Tories were achieved a huge majority over Labour Party. Following the result Mr Corbyn declared he would quit as Labour leader after the party has a “period of reflection.
Former Tory leader candidate Mr Gove told the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre: “Today we celebrate a victory for the British people.
“Our fellow citizens reminded us why this is such a wonderful country because they comprehensively rejected Jeremy Corbyn’s politics of division, extremism and antisemitism
“They voted in record numbers for a Prime Minister dedicated to restoring trust in our democracy by getting Brexit done.
“So this new Government says thank you to British people, we will strive every day to live up to the confidence they have shown in us.”
Mr Gove, who received 34,358 votes in his constituency of Surrey Heath yesterday, said in a direct message to Britain’s Jewish population: “I also want to say something to a very special group of people, our Jewish friends and neighbours.
“You have had to live in fear for months now concerns we will have a prime minister who trafficked in anti-Jewish rhetoric and embraced anti-Jewish terrorists. You should never have to live in fear again.”
Around 200 people listened to Michael Gove ahead of the speech from Mr Johnson.
Mr Gove praised several “talented young MPs” who were elected during yesterday’s landslide election.
He began listing seats won before being drowned out by applause from the crowd.
“Both the Durham Miner’s Gala and the Notting Hill Carnival will take place in seats held by Conservatives,” Mr Gove added, to even more rapturous cheers and applause from the jubilant audience.
Mr Gove introduced Boris Johnson in front of a backdrop which read ”The People’s Government”.