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I’ll sweep this blockading parliament away, says PM

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BORIS JOHNSON will open the Conservatives’ election campaign today insisting that the only way to get Brexit done will be to ‘change this blockading parliament’.

As the official five-week General Election period gets under way, Mr Johnson will say: ‘I don’t want an election, no prime minister wants an early election, especially not in December.

‘But as things stand we simply have no choice — because it is only by getting Brexit done in the next few weeks that we can focus on all the priorities of the British people.’

He will add: ‘It is time to change the dismal pattern of the last three years and to get out of our rut. It’s time to end this debilitating delay.

‘Let’s go with this Conservative government, get Brexit done, and unleash the potential of our great country — delivering on the public’s priorities of our NHS, crime and the cost of living.’

Mr Johnson is expected to warn that a vote for any other minor party ‘is effectively a vote for [Jeremy] Corbyn’.

The PM yesterday told his Cabinet they should be ‘very proud’ of their achievements ahead of the election ‘none of us particularly wanted to hold’.

His comments come as Michael Gove hit back at Labour claims a post-Brexit trade deal with the US would cost the NHS £500million a week.

The senior pro-Leave cabinet minister denied suggestions the Conservatives would do a deal that risked pushing up NHS drug prices and slashing workers’ rights and food and environmental checks.

‘We have made it perfectly clear drug prices won’t be going up — Jeremy Corbyn is attempting to perpetuate Halloween into November by telling ghost stories that frankly no one believes,’ he said.

Mr Gove accused the Labour leader of using ‘a figure plucked from thin air’, as Mr Corbyn insisted his bid for a new deal and a second referendum within six months was ‘realistic’.

Speaking in Harlow, Essex, Mr Corbyn told party supporters his June deadline for fresh exit terms with the EU followed by a second public vote were ‘do-able’ under a Labour government.

In a speech today in Telford, Shropshire, he is expected to say a Labour government should be judged on the ‘real change’ he said it would deliver and the ‘concrete improvements it will make to the lives of millions’ following a pledge to end in-work poverty.

GAVIN WILLIAMSON has promised councils will be reimbursed if they need to book alternative voting venues because school nativity plays are taking place on December 12. The education secretary pledged the payouts — swiftly dubbed a ‘Grinch fund’ after the Dr Seuss character who stole Christmas — as a poll of 1,500 teachers by website Teacher Tapp found 200 expect a date clash.