‘Dog caught the car’ Verhofstadt sticks oar into North Shropshire by-election fall out

Boris Johnson takes responsibility for North Shropshire defeat

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A Tory constituency since its creation in 1832, the Liberal Democrat’s shockingly won North Shropshire on Friday in a by-election. After the by-election loss for the Tories, Mr Verhofstadt, an MEP and former Prime Minister of Belgium, has skewered the Prime Minister.

Posting on Twitter, Mr Verhofstadt accused Mr Johnson of governing by populism, and compared him to a dog.

He said: “Populists in government are like the dog that caught the car.

“Britain deserves better… and British voters know it !

“Congratulations to our sister party, the Liberal Democrats, for this telling victory.”

However, social media users weren’t pleased with Mr Verhofstadt’s comment on British politics, with some saying he is “sticking your nose” into UK affairs.

Twitter user Tweeet_Book said: “Why’s Britain living rent free in your head!? We’ve left, get over it.

“It’s only local election. It’s just a warning shot otherwise they’d have voted for labour.”

User William Black added: “Remember Jo Swinson? Still sticking your nose into UK politics?

“The EU have many disastrous things that need sorting out. Maybe concentrate on the mess on your own back garden?

“It’s one seat, a protest vote, not an election win.”

Earlier this week, Mr Verhofstadt took a shot at Brexiteers, and accused Eurosceptic campaigners of lying about the single market.

Writing on Twitter, Mr Verhofstadt said: “The Brexiteers lied.

“The reality check: Trading is much harder outside of the single market!”

Ex-Brexit Party and Conservative MEP John Longworth, 63, replied: “Total trade is irrelevant. GDP and jobs are what counts.

“A country could not do trade and still be the greatest wealth creator.

“Trade is only necessary for efficiency and resources.”

It comes after the Lib Dems won North Shropshire by 5,925 votes, marking a swing of 37.14 percent from the 2019 General Election.

The by-election was called after the former environment secretary Owen Paterson resigned in the wake of a botched attempt by Downing Street to save him from punishment for a serious breach of lobbying rules.

Helen Morgan, the new Lib Dem MP for the constituency, said: “Tonight, the people of North Shropshire have spoken on behalf of the British people.

“They have said loudly and clearly: Boris Johnson, the party is over.”

During a visit to a vaccination centre in Hillingdon, Mr Johnson told reporters it was a “very disappointing” night for his party.

He said: “Clearly the vote in North Shropshire is a very disappointing result.

“I totally understand people’s frustrations, I hear what the voters are saying in North Shropshire.

“In all humility, I’ve got to accept that verdict.

“I understand that what voters want us as the Government to be doing at all times is to focus on them and their priorities.”

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