Swire’s choice for PM branded a liar

No wonder Swire is attracted to him … and perhaps he has offered Swire a ministerial pist … his biggest dream …

“The European commission has described a claim made by the Conservative leadership hopeful Dominic Raab about a key EU official’s views on Brexit as “fake, fraudulent and pure disinformation” after it was spread in an election campaign video.

Raab, who resigned as Brexit secretary last year over the deal struck with the EU, claimed in November that the commission’s secretary general, Martin Selmayr, had boasted that “losing Northern Ireland was the price the UK would pay for Brexit”.

The quote attributed by Raab to Selmayr has been used in a two-minute video posted on a Twitter account called NI in Union urging voters in Northern Ireland to support unionist parties in the European elections.

The video features images of bombings and says Northern Ireland has been “threatened before” and that voters should “stand up” and make their voice heard.

The European commission’s chief spokesman tweeted on Thursday: “The sentence attributed to the @EU_Commission secretary general at 1:16 of this video is fake, fraudulent and pure disinformation that has been spread maliciously.”

The EU’s deputy chief Brexit negotiator, Sabine Weyand, who dealt with Raab during his brief tenure as Brexit secretary, tweeted: “We have homegrown disinformation in the EU, and we have to fight that just as we have to fight any foreign disinformation campaigns.”

Raab is second to Boris Johnson in polls of Tory members on who should be the next leader. …”