UK election 2019: Labour MPs support Boris as party takes spending back to 1970s

UK election 2019: Labour MPs support Boris as party takes spending back to 1970s, by Jacquelin Magnay. This election is so wide open and different.

A former Labour minister and two other senior Labour figures have urged voters to back Boris Johnson, hours after the party’s deputy leader resigned and stood down as an MP.

Former minister Ian Austin told Labour supporters: “I’m not a Tory” but said “decent, traditional voters” should back Mr Johnson’s party because “Jeremy Corbyn is totally unfit to lead this country.”

Meanwhile, shadow chancellor John McDonnell unleashed a torrent of spending promises, with $750bn of investment to address social deprivation and the climate emergency in an “impossible” move that would take public spending to the highest level since the 1970s.