Tory MP accidentally reveals ‘General Election 2019’ email

Rob Merrick

A senior Conservative MP has fuelled expectation that Boris Johnson is planning for an autumn general election with an email reading “GE 2019”.

Damian Hinds – the education secretary until last month – accidentally let slip the existence of a “GE team” in the message posted on his Instagram account.

Apparently sent by an aide, the snap shot of the email has a subject line reading: “Re (2): GE 2019 GE team thoughts”.

“Hi all I hope this isn’t unhelpful at this point (!) but I had had in mind that....” it states, in the only words that can be read.

It was revealed, and later deleted, amid a growing anticipation that the new prime minister will go the country later this year, as the Brexit crisis deepens.

The post on Damian Hinds' Instagram account (Instagram)

No 10 has been put on an election footing, with aides’ holidays cancelled and a stream of voter-friendly announcements, including higher spending for the police and the NHS and crime crackdowns.

Last week, Mr Johnson chose an election-style Facebook address to the nation from his Downing Street office to unveil a plan to ease immigration rules for scientists post-Brexit.

Although he has insisted there will be no election before a “do or die” Brexit on 31 October, he could be forced into one by MPs determined to block a crash-out departure.

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