Jeremy Hunt offers 'tight pair of handcuffs' – Neil Oliver shuts down call for change of PM

Mr Hunt is reportedly putting himself in the running to replace Boris Johnson if the Prime Minister is ousted out of the role

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Neil Oliver has slammed calls for Jeremy Hunt to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader.

Mr Hunt is reportedly putting himself in the running to replace Mr Johnson if he is ousted out of the role.

The former Foreign Secretary finished second to Mr Johnson in the 2019 leadership contest.

But a video from July 2020 which shows Mr Hunt seemingly backing a zero Covid strategy has gone viral.

Neil Oliver (left) and Jeremy Hunt (right)
Neil Oliver (left) and Jeremy Hunt (right)
Mr Hunt is reportedly ready to pounce if Boris Johnson is ousted
Mr Hunt is reportedly ready to pounce if Boris Johnson is ousted

Speaking on GB News’ Dan Wootton Tonight about the video and Mr Hunt’s chances of becoming the next Tory Leader, Mr Oliver said: “Words almost fail me, but not quite.

“I would say it’s instructive to see a clip like that.

"It’s important to see what kind of leader, what kind of man, Jeremy Hunt is before he gets in closer to being leader of the Conservative Party and possibly the Prime Minister.

“People saying he’s a safe pair of hands, I would say that he offers a tight pair of handcuffs potentially for every man, woman and child in the country.

“The fantasy of zero Covid and zero infection is just that, it’s a fantasy.

“I appreciate it was a couple of years ago but to see those words and that point of view being cheerfully expressed by a smiling face.

“And at the same time we’ve been looking at images of people howling from tower blocks in Shanghai, trapped in their homes, starving and dying, while their cats and dogs are beaten to death in the streets outside in sticks.”