Staunch Europhile Lord Heseltine, speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, said people should “vote for any member of Parliament who will stop” Brexit, which he claimed is “bad for this country in any conceivable way”.
But when asked if that included Labour candidates seeking to stop Brexit, he immediately contradicted his call by saying: “I could never support a Labour candidate that is in support of Jeremy Corbyn and a lunatic manifesto.”
The manifesto, launched by Mr Corbyn last week, was described by the Labour leader as “radical” and offering “real change”.
It includes nationalising the nation’s railways, raising the minimum wage from £8.21 to £10 and launching a National Care Service.
But Lord Heseltine, who is backing the Liberal Democrats in next month’s general election, said: “Let us be quite clear, the simplistic solutions which are on offer are not going to happen.
“Jeremy Corbyn is not going to be Prime Minister, you know it, everybody knows it. Indeed, the only real issue is whether he’ll even be the leader of the Labour Party by Christmas.
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“There is no way Jo Swinson is going to be Prime Minister, we all know that. So one has to work out what you think will be the likely outcome of the election. My guess is, there’s a very high chance, no more, that there’ll be no overall control.”
He added: “In that case, the Parliament will produce perhaps a temporary government, which in my view can coalesce only on one thing, which is the need for a second referendum.
“That is what I want because I think the British people, given the choice today in the light of the facts, will vote to Remain.”