The Brexiteer reacted angrily when the Daily Politics host probed him over the official Brexit campaign’s decision to emblazon their bus promising £350million a week to the health service after Britain’s European Union divorce.
It comes after Remain pressure group Open Britain – Nicky Morgan for the Conservatives, Chris Leslie for Labour and Nick Clegg for the Liberal Democrats – published a list of 10 pledges it says ministers have made over Brexit, warning that the British people will expect the promises to be kept.
Announcing their campaign, it said they wanted the Government to “invest savings from Brexit in public services, including £350m a week for the NHS”.
Mr Redwood was questioned about the pledge, but the question caused an angry backlash from the Conservative.
John Redwood let rip at a BBC host after a false interview request
This is not quite the interview that you told me you were wanting me to produce
The MP for Wokingham snapped back: “I was invited on to your programme to deal with Labour’s conditions or tests.
“So this is not quite the interview that you told me you were wanting me to produce. I would be very happy to discuss Labour’s tests, they tend to be the policies of the Government and most of them are perfectly sensible.”
An embarrassed Coburn replied: “I don’t know why you were brought on but I want to discuss what Open Britain has talked about today with Nicky Morgan.”
The disgruntled MP continued: “Well, I am very happy to talk about why we are going to be much better off out of the EU again.
He was challenged over the Vote Leave bus, but was meant to discuss Labour's failures
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“We did all that in the referendum campaign, and on the money, I, myself, through Vote Leave, have launched a possible budget that could be delivered once we have taken back control of all of the money.
“That spent the net contributions which we currently have to make and don’t get back – primary on health, but also social care and one or two other items.
“That was a document the Vote Leave campaign put out, and I hope the Chancellor will look kindly on that.”
Responding to the challenge of Ms Morgan and Open Britain, Mr Redwood added he looked forward to Britain being able to “take back control” of its own finances from Brussels and spend the money accordingly.
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He, however, rebuked any so-called “obligations” because of campaign material, insisting the Government will be able to spend the extra funds as they please after Britain’s EU exit.
Previously, Labour Brexiteer Gisela Stuart, who chaired Vote Leave, defended the campaign slogan while speaking to Express.co.uk, claiming despite the political jousting she has no regrets.
“I am still very happy to defend that,” she said. “The official statistics say that gross contribution is £19.2billion – that over which we have no control – I would spend more money on the NHS.”