'Collect your prize for being the biggest liar ever' - Protester heckles Boris

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:17 02 October 2018

Boris Johnson arrives at the Conservative Party annual conference at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Boris Johnson arrives at the Conservative Party annual conference at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

An anti-Brexit protester has heckled Boris Johnson as he arrives at Conservative party conference for his big speech.

Anti-Brexit campaigner Steven Bray, from Bridgend, used a loudhailer to heckle Mr Johnson through a security fence as he arrived at the conference hotel.

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“Come and collect your prize for biggest liar ever,” shouted Mr Bray, a member of the Stand Of Defiance European Movement who regularly demonstrates outside Parliament.

“Bollocks to Brexit and bollocks to Boris.”

As he was approached by a policeman who asked him to stop swearing, he said: “No, ‘bollocks’ is alright, because of the Sex Pistols court case in the 1970s.”

Boris Johnson’s one-day visit to the Birmingham conference also had mixed reaction inside the venue too.

Business minister Claire Perry told Sky News: “It’s a travelling circus that comes to town. He thrives on publicity, he doesn’t have a policy backbone anywhere on him. Who doesn’t want to see the court jester arrive? But behind the scenes all the deadly serious work of delivering Brexit goes on.”

Colin Belsey, a 73-year-old councillor from Eastbourne, said if Johnson “had been a gentleman he wouldn’t have come”.

“But he has come, so be it, and there’ll be several hundred-odd people wanting to listen to him, that’s fine, but I won’t be rushing out there to listen to him.”

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