Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson has said that should Boris Johnson become prime minister this could be a “great recruiting tool” for her party.
Johnson being prime minister would be “disastrous for our country” however, “the silver lining is good for the Liberal Democrats.”
She said that the Lib Dems are in talks with Tory MPs about defecting. Speaking to journalists at Westminster she said, “I have and will continue to have private conversations.
“I’m keen to grow the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party in a variety of ways.”
Conversations with the Tory MPs took place “pretty recently, within the last week or two.”
When asked if she thought he is racist due to Johnson’s careless use of language towards Muslim women being compared to “letter boxes,” and black people being referred to as “piccaninnies” she replied, “I don’t know, because I don’t know what he thinks.”
She added, “It’s not acceptable for somebody in his position to be so careless with the use of language where we have a society where people are, day in day out, abused and subject to discrimination because of the colour of their skin.”
She was asked about Johnson’s row with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds, she replied, “Whatever happened at the weekend, regardless of that, we already know Boris Johnson isn’t fit to be prime minister.
“We already have plenty of things that he has done in his public life that show that he is absolutely not a statesman.”