The chief officer at the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (BWCCG) has called Boris Johnson a “bully” and suggested his government is a “fascist dictatorship”.

Cathy Winfield, chief officer at BWCCG, tweeted: “If they vote for the extension they are unlikely to want to stand for a fascist dictatorship.

“There is nothing to stop them standing as independents or forming a coalition with other sensible centrist MPs.

“Boris’s bullying will fail”

Reading Chronicle:

If they vote for the extension they are unlikely to want to stand for a fascist dictatorship. There is nothing to stop them standing as independents or forming a coalition with other sensible centrist MPs. Boris’s bullying will fail https://t.co/xxNhDB84SL

— Cathy Winfield (@CathyWinfield1) August 31, 2019

Ms Winfield was commenting in response to a tweet by James Forsyth, political editor of The Spectator, who said: “Any Tory MP who votes for the extension legislation next week will not be allowed to stand for the party at the next election.

“Number 10 have decided to treat it as they would a confidence vote.”

MPs are set to move legislation in parliament today in an effort to prevent a no deal Brexit.

The legislation instructs Mr Johnson to ask the EU for an extension of the Brexit process until January 31 2020.

MPs have sped up the plans after the Queen approved Mr Johnson’s prorogation proposal to close parliament for 23 working days until October 14.

Mr Johnson has promised to leave the EU on October 31, with or without a deal.

The NHS Berkshire West CCG was established on April 1 2018, following the merger of Newbury, Wokingham, North and West Reading and South Reading CCGs.

The CCG is made up of 51 member GP Practices across the whole locality, serving a population of 528,000 people.

It is the CCG’s responsibility to commission services, planning, designing and paying for NHS services for all its population, including those provided by the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the services provided by GP practices.