Boris Johnson Says Rayner Smear Tory MP Will Suffer 'Terrors Of The Earth'

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Boris Johnson during a visit to Bury FC at their ground in Gigg Lane, Bury. (Photo: Danny Lawson via PA Wire/PA Images)
Boris Johnson during a visit to Bury FC at their ground in Gigg Lane, Bury. (Photo: Danny Lawson via PA Wire/PA Images)

Boris Johnson during a visit to Bury FC at their ground in Gigg Lane, Bury. (Photo: Danny Lawson via PA Wire/PA Images)

The person responsible for claiming Angela Rayner tries to distract Boris Johnson with her legs will suffer “the terrors of the earth” if they are uncovered, Boris Johnson has claimed.

The prime minister said the smear, which was reported in the Mail on Sunday and based on briefing by an unnamed Tory MP, was “the most appalling load of sexist, misogynist tripe”.

Rayner, Labour’s deputy leader, has received widespread support following the article’s publication at the weekend.

The newspaper branded it a “Basic Instinct ploy” by Rayner to put Johnson “off his stride”.

In response, she tweeted: “Boris Johnson’s cheerleaders have resorted to spreading desperate, perverted smears in their doomed attempts to save his skin.”

Speaking on a visit to Bury, Johnson said: “I have to say I thought it was the most appalling load of sexist, misogynist tripe.

“And I immediately got in touch with Angela, and we had a very friendly exchange.

“And, you know, if we ever find who was responsible for it, I don’t know what we will do with them, but they will be the terrors of the earth.

“It’s totally intolerable, that kind of thing.”

Earlier, Labour leader Keir Starmer described the claims as “rank misogyny”.

He told ITV’s This Morning: “You had an Angela on just the other week — she’s a fantastic woman, formidable woman, brilliant politician.

“I spoke to her yesterday morning just to see how she was, and she was just really disgusted that all of her political attributes were put aside for this ridiculous, offensive story, and Angela shouldn’t have to put up with that.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.

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