Conservative leadership candidate Dominic Raab has been setting out some of his plans to run the country if he becomes Prime Minister.
And speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, Mr Raab stirred up a hornets’ nest of controversy over his proposals for Brexit. He wants to reopen negotiations with the European Union and admitted forging a pact with Harry Potter’s nemesis Lord Voldemort could also be on the cards.
“It’s important we show the EU that Britain is a proud country and we will not be pushed around. What better way to achieve that than by having the Dark Lord as an ally,” Mr Raab reasoned.
“I’d like to see the look on Jean-Claude Juncker’s face when I walk into the room with Voldemort by my side, that’ll sober the old trout up.”
Mr Raab acknowledged a pact with Voldemort could have some potential problems, but felt bullish that all difficulties could be overcome.
“Admittedly he does have limited experience of working within the confines of a democracy and is more used to creating dark, unspeakable, conspiracies to get his way. But come on, this is the Conservative Party. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of common ground between us.”
Mr Raab stressed that any notion of striking a coalition was in its infancy, and would not be drawn on what Voldemort might demand in return for making the agreement.
“Whatever price he asks, it surely can’t be as difficult as that deal we made with the DUP,” added the former Brexit Secretary. “That cost us one and a half billion quid, and Arlene Foster’s lot ended up running rings around us.”
In response to the possibility of a coalition, a spokesperson for Lord Voldemort said: “Make a deal with Dominic Raab? Are you joking? We wouldn’t trust that toe-rag as far as we can throw him. Maybe he should try Darth Vader instead.”