Prime Minister Liz Truss has been accused of ‘urinating everywhere’ as part of a pledge to support retired British military heroes in a scathing criticism of a former veterans minister.
Johnny Mercer slammed the Prime Minister under fire during a Facebook Live event with his constituents in Plymouth last night in the latest ‘blue on blue’ incident to taint the Conservative Party.
Mr Mercer, who was removed from his government post when Ms Truss came to power last month, also took aim at some of his ‘totally delusional’ Tory colleagues who have put themselves forward to become the next prime minister.
And the retired army officer launched a new demand for the UK to do more to support its veteran community, telling his constituents: “With Liz, I don’t think that she knew what she was doing.” I don’t think anyone understands the construction of veterans affairs in government.
Her comments preceded her debut on the third episode of Channel 4 reality show Make Me Prime Minister on Tuesday, and just hours after Ms Truss’ first speech as Tory leader at the Conservative Party Conference.
Former Veterans Affairs Minister Johnny Mercer lambasted Prime Minister Liz Truss during a live broadcast on her Facebook on Wednesday night. Ms Truss is pictured at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham hours before Wednesday morning
The MP for Plymouth’s comment preceded his appearance on the Channel 4 reality show ‘Make Me Prime Minister’ next week. Mr. Mercer is pictured on the program
On Mr Mercer’s 55-minute live show on Wednesday night, the 41-year-old father of three argued that the role of veterans affairs minister should be promoted to a Cabinet-level position, as it was the case under Boris Johnson’s prime minister, and not a junior ministerial post.
The MP for Plymouth Moor View said: “It’s very frustrating because politicians talk about veterans all the time, but they really want to understand how the system works and what it’s like to be a veteran – I don’t am not sure.”
He added: “Although we made huge progress and I got there, it didn’t last.” This is the problem. I think we should continue to campaign on this. I think it’s very important and it changed a lot of lives and I’m just very disappointed that the Prime Minister chose to urinate everywhere.
Mr Mercer was appointed Minister for Veterans Affairs by Mr Johnson on July 28, 2019. Three months later the UK launched its Office for Veterans’ Affairs.
In an open letter to veterans and their families in July this year, Mr Mercer said the office had ‘achieved great things since its inception’, with a ‘bold strategy’ to ‘improve’ health care , employment and access to veterans. digital services.
But speaking last night, the Tory MP feared that progress would be set back and insisted the UK ‘cannot continue to be the only country among our equals’ like America, Australia and New Zealand which “has no minister”. for veterans affairs.
“We cannot be the only country to continue this ad infinitum,” he added.
Mr Mercer called on the UK to continue its work to provide more support to veterans during a live broadcast on his Facebook account on Wednesday, pictured
As well as criticizing the Government’s policy on veterans, Mr Mercer also took aim at other Tory MPs who threw their hats into the ring to become Tory leader – some, like the Minister of ‘Interior Suella Braverman, now sitting atop Mrs. Truss. crew
He said: “Some of them are suffering from quite severe delirium and it’s hard to believe these people think they could be Prime Minister… some of these candidates are completely screwed up and that’s the only reason I would run because I think I could actually do a better job.
“But I don’t, no, and I think you must really want it and that’s a problem for me.”
Mr Mercer gave his views on the new Downing Street administration.
Writing on Facebook on Monday, the MP for Plymouth Moor View admitted he had found ‘the recent turn of events surprisingly more difficult to handle than I expected’ after he was sacked last month.
“Of course, I have a vision of what is happening in government, and you can guess what it is,” he added.
“You know I won’t accept budgets like the one we saw last week.
“It’s hard to watch these rather comedic figures impersonating government ministers flaunting themselves in the media.”
And his outspoken wife, Felicity Cornelius-Mercer. was equally vocal with Ms Truss, 42, comparing her to Beaker from the Muppets and calling the Prime Minister a ‘dumb’ after he sacked her husband.
The sacked minister’s wife, Felicity Cornelius-Mercer, has said the Cabinet system “stinks” and “treats people appallingly” after her husband was stripped as veterans minister.
Ms Cornelius-Mercer posted this photo of her ‘drunk’ husband asleep on the sofa in February after his home side Plymouth Argyle’s defeats to Chelsea in the FA Cup and England to Scotland in Six Nations rugby.
Tweets shared by Ms Cornelius-Mercer have drawn criticism over the type of content she shares – which includes topless images of her husband and others with him wearing lycra
Mr Mercer, the MP for Plymouth Moor View, had also appeared angry at Ms Truss’ decision, saying he was “disappointed” but accepting that the new Prime Minister “has the right to reward his supporters”.
She said the system “stinks” and “treats people appallingly” after her husband was kicked out of the firm after less than two months in the role he helped set up.
And she championed an online petition calling on the government to reinstate the role of veterans minister in cabinet.
But earlier this year Ms Cornelius-Mercer came under fire for tweeting about her husband’s drunken escapades: “So…funny story…the Prime Minister called tonight straight after an afternoon of FA Cup football and rugby in England…and Johnny was so p***** that he cannot remember what was said”.
Mr Mercer defended his wife after she was criticized for posting the tweet.
“She is on this crazy journey with me – the ups and the many downs. She has more than a right to take the f*** away from me/PM/whoever she loves,’ he wrote online.
Since January, the government has launched its The £5m Veterans’ Health Innovation Fund aimed to ‘harness the best of British innovation and accelerate the development of health and wellbeing treatments and interventions for veterans’ .
Ministers are expected to decide which project to support under this framework later this year.
A government spokesman said: ‘This government is committed to making the UK the best place in the world to be a veteran.
“Since launching the Strategic Action Plan for Veterans earlier this year, we have made significant progress in improving support for Veterans.
“This includes rolling out bespoke veteran employability programs across the public sector, distributing £5million in funding through the Afghanistan Veterans Fund and having more than 1,500 GPs in attendance.” veterans “across England.”