Outrage as Lib Dem leadership hopeful calls for Remainers to 'decapitate' Boris in election

FORMER Cabinet Minister Ed Davey sparked uproar today by calling on Remainers to “decapitate the blond head” of Boris Johnson.

The Lib Dem leadership contender – knighted in 2016 – said anti-Brexit parties should unite to contest Boris’ Uxbridge seat in any snap election.

He said: “I hereby float the idea of a Remain alliance to decapitate that blond head in Uxbridge and South Ruislip if Johnson calls a snap election to deliver Brexit.”

MPs immediately slammed the ex-Coalition Minister – saying it defied belief given the recent third anniversary of the murder of Labour’s Jo Cox.

Sir Edward was forced to issue a grovelling apology and clarified that “in no way literally” did he want to decapitate Boris Johnson.

Taking to social media, he said: “This was careless use of language, meant in an electoral sense.

“I recognise this wasn't an acceptable choice of phrase and I’m sorry.”

Henry Smith MP branded his language "appalling" and "desperate".

And Lib Dem leadership rival Jo Swinson publicly rebuked her colleague – saying it was “wrong in the current climate”.

She said: “Boris will be a disaster for this country but we can make that case without resorting to violent language.”

Critics hit back that she branded the UK “racist” days ago over Brexit.

Boris is sitting on a wafer thin majority of 5,034 in Uxbridge. His majority would be the lowest of any standing PM since 1924 if he enters No.10.

Mr Davey said anti-Brexit parties should team up and ask Labour to stand their own candidate down in the constituency to kick Boris out of the Commons if an election is called.

A spokesman for the Team Boris campaign refused to be drawn. But one insider said: “It’s not the sort of language you’d expect from a knight of the realm.”


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Anna Soubry – the Change UK MP who suffered death threats earlier this year – demanded Ed Davey “withdraw” the language.

She said: “We need leaders who use mature and responsible words if we are to build alliances, fix our broken politics and restore faith in politicians.”

Ex-Tory Minister Tracey Crouch stormed: “Ed Davey should be pretty ashamed of himself.”

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