Michael Heseltine, the former Deputy Prime Minister, has fiercely criticised Boris Johnson after he withdrew from the Conservative leadership contest.
Lord Heseltine said, whilst at an event in Manchester, of Johnson:
“I have never seen anything like it. He’s ripped the Tory party apart, he has created the greatest constitutional crisis in peacetime in my life. He’s knocked billions off his value of the savings of the British people. He’s like a general who marches his army to the sound of the guns and the moment he sees the battleground he abandons it. I have never seen anything like it and he must be answerable for the consequences. But the pain of it will be felt by all of us and, if it doesn’t get resolved shortly, by a generation yet to come”.