Dominic Grieve has summed up the key difference between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn in the upcoming general election.
Grieve, who was one of 21 Conservative MPs who lost the whip for trying to block a no-deal Brexit, was asked by LBC's Eddie Mair what he thinks of the leaders of the two biggest parties.
And the former Tory, who is now standing as an independent candidate, didn't hold back with his thoughts on the current prime minister.
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I do find Boris Johnson extremely troubling as an individual.
I can’t escape the fact that my own assessment of him is that he is a politician who I simply cannot trust.
He is somebody who is astonishingly elastic with truth.
“Elastic with truth” is an incredibly polite way of calling someone a liar...
Mair then asked him if he thought Corbyn was more trustworthy than the prime minister.
After a moment of thought, Grieve replied:
I think Jeremy Corbyn’s policies are ghastly and therefore would be massively damaging, but I have to say, do I find Jeremy Corbyn as a private individual somebody who is sincere in beliefs that I happen to disagree with? Yes I do.
Whereas I have to say that I find Boris Johnson is an individual who I regard as wholly insincere and indeed willing to say almost anything to anybody if he thinks it’s going to be to his advantage at any given moment.
I’ve never experienced a politician in modern British history who is so elastic with truth and also willing to resort to telling whopping lies against other people if he thinks it suits him and that really worries me as a Conservative…
The leader of the Conservative Party and the prime minister is now somebody who, in my judgement, has no integrity at all.
Grieve’s comments come after three former senior Tories have suggested that voting for the Conservatives would be a bad idea.
David Gauke, the former justice secretary, said a Tory majority would be a “bad outcome for the country” yesterday, while Ken Clarke and Justine Greening have both suggested they would struggle to vote for Johnson’s Conservative Party.