The chairman of a Conservative supporting Manchester group has hit out at Boris Johnson, saying his government is ‘not living up to’ their election promises.
Cameron Cosh, 20, the chairman of Manchester Young Conservatives, said the failure to negotiate financial support with Mayor Andy Burnham was contrary to the Government’s pledge to ‘level up’ areas including Greater Manchester.
Mr Cosh said he feared a ‘backlash’ against Conservative MPs who breached the ‘red wall’ at last year’s election, turning many areas Tory which had previously been regarded as Labour’s heartlands.
The youth group was catapulted into the spotlight after a series of tweets, which have now been deleted, calling on Boris Johnson “to go.”
“Boris has lied about helping us in the North. It’s time for him to go,” one tweet read.
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Mr Cosh, a third year politics student at Manchester University, told the M.E.N.: “It’s just not on really, they’re not living up to what they promised at the election.
“I feel really bad for Tory MPs in Greater Manchester that are really going to struggle and might get a backlash, when really they are all good MPs, because the folks down in Downing Street haven’t done a good job.”
Asked whether he thought the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis might cost some Conservative MPs their seats at the next election, he said: “I hope not, we have got some great MPs, people like Will Wragg and Chris Green, they do a really good job.
“We’re four years away, so we’ve got time to turn this around, but it’s not a good start at all.”
Mr Cosh, who said he supported Mr Johnson in becoming Conservative leader, said he believed the ideals of the party he supports are not compatible with further lockdowns.
He said: “You can’t pretend you’re the party of business and support more lockdowns, the two don’t go hand in hand.
“And you can’t say we care about the red wall and the north, and when Andy Burnham, someone who lives in the north, asks for money to help people in the north, you say no that’s too much, we can’t afford that.”
The Scot said he believed a national lockdown as proposed by Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer would be worse than the current tiered approach.
He added: “I think that the young and healthy should be allowed to go out, and shop, eat, drink, do all these things that help the economy.
“If you’re vulnerable or at risk, its a shame to say it may be the best decision for you to stay in.”
It comes as a row between Greater Manchester’s MPs continues, with some Conservatives criticising Mr Burnham’s role in negotiations, with others backing the Mayor.