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Pullman, best known for fantasy novels ‘His Dark Materials’, sparked fury after tweeting: “When I hear the name ‘Boris Johnson’, for some reason the words ‘rope’ and ‘nearest lamp-post’ come to mind as well”. The post, which has attracted more than 7,500 retweets and more than 30,0000 likes, quickly sparked fury with Twitter users attacking him as a “disgrace” and accusing him of “inciting to murder the British Prime Minister”.

Ned Donovan, journalist and grandson of much-loved author Road Dahl, tweeted: “I see we’re at the stage where beloved children’s authors want to lynch the Prime Minister.”

Emma Kennedy, author and actor, responded by tweeting: “Philip, you’re my hero, but that tweet will be reported and you’ll be banned and that would be the absolute last thing we all need.

“So pause and perhaps think about deleting?”

Another said: “Incitement to murder the British Prime Minister?

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Philip Pullman launched an extraordinary attack on Boris Johnson (Image: PA/GETTY )

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Philip Pullman sparked outrage with this tweet (Image: TWITTER )

A Twitter user posted: “This tweet is a disgrace which you ought to delete now.”

One tweeted: “This is awful Philip. Delete.”

Another told him: “You’re a respected children’s author . However strongly you feel, this is completely inappropriate and probably illegal.”

A Twitter user said: “This comment is unacceptable and I have reported it to Twitter!!!!!”

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Philip Pullman was urged to delete the tweet (Image: TWITTER)

Mr Pullman’s post came just hours after he blasted Mr Johnson as a “dictator” and urged for the nation to “get rid of him”.

He tweeted: “The ‘prime minister’ has finally come out as a dictator. I’ve had enough of being outraged.

“We must get rid of him and his loathsome gang as soon and as finally as possible.”

The novelist’s extraordinary attack comes after Mr Johnson requested the Queen to prorogue Parliament as he ploughs on with his bid to get Britain out of the EU by October 31 – a move viewed as a bid to kill off anti-Brexit plots.

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Philip Pullman called Boris Johnson a dictator (Image: REUTERS)

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Philip Pullman said he has had enough of being outraged (Image: PA)

The Tory leader enraged Remainers when he ordered the suspension of parliament for almost a month ahead of the Brexit deadline, limiting the scope for MPs to use parliamentary procedures and rules to block him.

The extraordinary move means anti-Brexit MPs will have potentially just three days to launch their plans to block a no deal exit.

But Mr Johnson has insisted this is plans to shutdown parliament allow him to introduce “exciting” plans to “take this country forward, including a crackdown on violent crime, investment in the NHS and education reforms.

He said it was “completely untrue” to suggest that Brexit was behind his decision to suspend Parliament.

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No deal Brexit spending plans have been revealed (Image: EXPRESS)

He said: “We need to get on with our domestic agenda and that’s why we’re announcing a Queen’s Speech for October 14.”

MPs will return to Parliament on Tuesday, but just over a week later on September 10, at the earliest, Parliament will be prorogued until October 14 ahead of a Queen’s Speech.

Earlier today, prominent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg hit out at the “phoney” outrage by Remainers over Mr Johnson’s suspension of Parliament and accused House of Commons Speaker John Bercow of acting unconstitutionally.

Mr Bercow hit out yesterday, saying the poroguation of Parliament was a “constitutional outrage.”

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Philip Pullman blasted Boris Johnson after he suspended Parliament (Image: GETTY )

But Mr Rees-Mogg said the Speaker was wrong to make the comments.

He said: “It is not constitutional for the Speaker to express his opinion without the direction of the house.

“He has had no such direction and therefore his comments were in a private capacity. They can’t be as Mr Speaker.”

Meanwhile, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has resigned, in part due to opposition to Mr Johnson’s Brexit strategy, although she cited family reasons for her departure.



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