Boris Johnson urges Tories to focus on crime fighting and cutting taxes after Brexit in secret leadership pitch to Tory MPs

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BORIS Johnson has urged the Tories to focus on fighting crime and slashing taxes after Brexit in a secret leadership pitch to Tory MPs.

The ex-foreign secretary made a fresh rally cry to MPs at an event at the Centre for Social Justice think tank last week.

Boris has made a secret pitch to Tory MPs
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The Brexiteer, 54, courted 30 politicians and told them: “Our One Nation Tory values will knock Corbyn out of the park”.

One MP told the Mail on Sunday: “It came across as a clear Boris pitch to us that he was more than just a Brexiteer constantly agitating against Theresa May’s cop-out to Brussels.

“There was a lot of talk about fighting crime, building infrastructure, expanding home ownership, cutting taxes, all that sort of thing.”

The policies will be popular among Tory voters and members alike – but it’s the latter he has to woo to get into No10 in the first place.

Mr Johnson is widely seen as the favourite to take over from Mrs May if she stands down as PM or gets booted out.

The Sun revealed earlier this month that she could quit over the summer to try and stop him from getting into power.

At a speech last month at a JCB digger factory, he called for tax cuts and immigration controls in another thinly-veiled big for the top job.

The Brexiteer ripped into Mrs May’s Brexit strategy as he kickstarted his own bid to become leader.

He blasted the PM for not even asking the EU to ditch he hated Northern Irish backstop, saying she needed to “mean it this time” when she went back to them.

And he attacked her agreement for bending to Brussels’ rules and tying us to them by the “apron strings”.

Theresa May
Boris is seen as the favourite to take over from Mrs May
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Boris also said that there would be “challenges” of leaving without an agreement in place on March 29.

But he said that everyone in Britain knows “we are more than up to it”.

A spokesperson for Mr Johnson declined to comment to the paper on the recent speech.

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