Davis says ‘don’t patronise northerners’ as he brands Red Wallers welders without degrees

David Davis discusses northern Conservative voters

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The former Brexit Secretary warned the Conservative Party against patronising northern voters amid concerns voters in the Red Wall may decide to switch back to voting Labour. David Davis said the Conservative Government needed to deliver on the levelling up pledge made to northern communities at the last General Election. 

Mr Davis told GB News: “What I would say to our own side is don’t underestimate, don’t patronise the northern voter.

“You know, when I was knocking on those doors you talked about welders and bricklayers and lorry drivers they may not have two degrees you know, they might not have the qualifications but they just as smart as you and me when it comes to looking at what they’re gonna have to pay.

“They get they forgive my language, they can see through s*** just as well and so we’re gonna treat them like conventional Tories.

“They want to have low tax, they want to have decent services, but they want to have low taxes too, you know.

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“When we’re talking about all the levelling up stuff, let’s use a bit of economic sense while we’re at it.

“The north of England has been underinvested for a long, long time.

“The Treasury rules basically worked against it, means there are lots of opportunities to do things like the bottleneck railway lines, improve this, that and the other in terms of the infrastructure, and get fast economic returns.

“We can do that, we have got to use our heads and we’ve got to use our imagination to make sure we deliver what we lead them to think we were going to deliver. Levelling up but also sensible, low tax conservatism, which they then will support.”


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It comes as Prime Minister fights to hold onto the keys of Number 10 amid continued uproar over lockdown breaching parties at Downing Street. 

Mr Johnson apologised last Wednesday for attending a “bring your own booze” party in the Downing Street garden in May 2020, when the rest of the country was in lockdown, sparking furious calls for him to resign. 

Nigel Farage has slammed Mr Johnson over the Prime Minister’s attempts to defend a series of parties in Downing Street while the rest of the UK was under Coronavirus lockdown. The former Brexit Party leader has suggested Mr Johnson would have been best owning up to the parties.

Mr Farage told Sky News Australia: “When Boris Johnson said, ‘I thought it was within the rules,’ well, hang on, mate you set the rules.


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“But then when he said, I thought it was a work event, well, I’ll tell you what, if that’s what it’s like working there, I wouldn’t mind getting a job there too it sounds like fun.

“The country just knew he wasn’t telling the truth and that’s what this comes down to.

“You know, if he’d said hands up, do you know what we’d all worked under pressure I accept we broke the rules, I think a lot of us would have said you know what we broke the rules to actually.

“But it’s when you try and cover something up with a story that isn’t credible when you are clearly lying to the nation that I’m afraid is what’s done for him,” he added, “I can’t tell you whether he’s going to last a week, a month or four months but I can tell you, Boris is toast.”

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