Sir Rod Stewart has branded Boris Johnson a “lying f****** public schoolboy” as he threw his weight behind Labour forward of the upcoming normal election.
The rock legend and long-time Tory voter confirmed a change of tune, during which he stated Sir Keir Starmer “deserves a crack” at working the nation.
Politics Live: Sir Rod Stewart says Labour ‘deserve a crack’ at energy
“Keir Starmer and Labour deserve a crack at it,” he instructed The Times.
“If there was anyone else we could vote for, maybe, but they should be given a shot. I live here (in the UK) now. I didn’t used to and I see what the Conservatives get up to.”
The Maggie May hitmaker, 79, stated that he used to love former prime minister Boris Johnson as a result of he was “a good figurehead”.
“But he turned out to be a lying f****** public schoolboy. He got found out and things haven’t been much better since,” he continued.
“How many prime ministers have we had that haven’t been voted for? What’s all that about?”
A spokesman for Mr Johnson declined to remark.
Sir Rod first aired his disillusionment with the Tories in January final yr when he known as in to a stay Sky News phone-in and supplied to donate cash for medical scans after listening to tales from individuals about remedy ordeals on the NHS.
He instructed us that whereas he has “been a Tory for a long time” the federal government ought to “stand down now and give the Labour Party a go”.
“In all my years in this country I’ve never seen it so bad… change the bloody government,” he stated.
Despite the criticism, Sir Rod stated he was nonetheless a fan of Mr Johnson later that yr, telling Sky News in July that he had “wonderful charisma” even after he was discovered to have lied to MPs over the partygate scandal.
Speaking after the previous PM dramatically give up as an MP, Sir Rod stated: “You know what you had been getting with Boris, you understand, so it is commonplace.
“He’s told a few porkies over the years so I’m not surprised he’s in big trouble now.”
Sir Rod isn’t the one excessive profile determine to modify his assist because the Tories languish behind Labour within the polls.
Last month, Iceland grocery store boss Richard Walker, a former Tory donor, stated Sir Keir Starmer’s get together is “the right choice” for his clients as he accused the present authorities of abandoning “basic Conservatives principles”.
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And final summer time, Conservative peer and former minister Lord Zac Goldsmith stated he’s “very tempted” to assist Labour due to the Tories’ report on local weather change.
It got here after one other former minister, Claire Perry O’Neill, who was a part of Theresa May‘s cupboard, give up the get together and threw her assist behind Sir Keir Starmer’s “competent political leadership”, saying the Tories are too “beholden by ideology and self-obsession” to ship the change the nation wants.
Meanwhile, in October 2022, a multimillionaire former donor to the Conservative Party, Gareth Quarry, instructed Sky News he stopped giving them cash and defected to Labour as a result of he felt they had been “riven with arrogance and complacency”.