General election LIVE: Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns quits before Boris Johnsons election speech latest news


BORIS Johnson met with the Queen today to mark the start of the election period and ahead of launching his campaign.

But the PM suffered a massive blow on the first day of the election campaign after his Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns quit over a row about a collapsed rape trial.

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