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Johnson risks offence and outrage with lewd attack on Corbyn

Boris Johnson is back on the campaign trail after a one-day break with a controversial speech in which he will make a lewd attack on Jeremy Corbyn.

Visiting an electric vehicle manufacturer in the West Midlands, he will claim the Conservatives will drive a clean energy revolution to tackle climate change.

But a highly personal attack on the Labour leader and his use of a word that relates to a sex act – in an advance trail of his speech – is bound to attract strong criticism.

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Issuing a plea for a Tory majority in the election, Mr Johnson will say: "If we can get a working majority we can get parliament working for you, we can get out of the rut. We can end the groundhoggery of Brexit.

"We can honour the wishes of the people, or else we can waste more time, at the cost of a billion pounds per month, and have two more referendums, one on Scotland and one on the EU – an expense of spirit and a waste of shame, more political self-obsession and onanism.

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"Imagine waking up on Friday 13 December after the election to find the Corbyn-Sturgeon coalition in Downing Street."

Onanism is a rarely used word referring to coitus interruptus in sexual activity or masturbation. Its use by Mr Johnson to refer to the leader of the opposition is likely to cause offence and outrage.

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As he returns to campaigning, the prime minister's hopes of a Tory majority may have hit another setback with the announcement by David Gauke, the former cabinet minister who lost the whip over Brexit, that he will stand as an independent in his South West Hertfordshire constituency.

Mr Gauke, whose Tory majority was 19,550 at the 2017 election, says he wants to deny Mr Johnson the chance to deliver a "very hard Brexit".

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He has told The Times it would be "no bad thing" if "traditional, long-standing" Tory backers lent their votes to the Liberal Democrats and is endorsing for the first time calls for backing a second referendum.

While Mr Corbyn campaigns in Scotland, shadow chancellor John McDonnell is claiming Labour will "end the Tory NHS crisis" with a £26bn real terms healthcare funding boost.

According to Mr McDonnell, the extra funding will provide safe quality care, recruit thousands of staff, rebuild crumbling facilities, provide state-of-the-art equipment and is £6bn in real terms more than the funding announced by the Tories last year.

"The world-class health service we all need and depend on needs proper funding," says Mr McDonnell.

"Labour's policies to tax the richest in society and invest for the future through our social transformation fund mean we will be able to improve millions of lives.

"And ending privatisation means that money can be spent on healthcare rather than dividends for Boris Johnson's friends in the private healthcare industry."

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth added: "A decade of Tory underfunding and cuts have driven our NHS into year-round crisis. Over 15,000 beds have been cut, hospitals are crumbling and our NHS is chronically short of nurses and family doctors.

"Just last week we all were shocked by the heart-breaking image of an 88-year-old woman, left languishing for hours and hours on a trolley in a hospital corridor.

"With experts warning this winter is set to be one of the worst, the truth is our NHS is crying out for a financial rescue plan to deliver real change for patients."

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