Boris Johnson pulls out of UK PM contest

23 Oct, 2022 20:41

The ex-prime minister explained that he hadn’t managed to find a “national interest” solution with other candidates

Boris Johnson pulls out of UK PM contest

Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pulled out of the Tory party leadership race, thus paving a path to the UK premiership for his former chancellor Rishi Sunak, currently the contest’s favorite.

In a statement released on Sunday evening, Johnson said that he had cleared “the very high hurdle of 102 nominations”from MPs and could “indeed be back in Downing Street on Friday,” and would be “well placed” to bring his party a victory at the 2024 general election.

“But in the course of the last days I have sadly come to the conclusion that this would simply not be the right thing to do. You can’t govern effectively unless you have a united party in parliament,” Johnson explained.

He revealed that he had reached out to both current leadership candidates – his former chancellor Rishi Sunak and his former defense secretary Penny Mordaunt – hoping to “come together in the national interest.” However, the former head of government explained, “a way of doing this” has not been found.

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“Therefore, I am afraid the best thing is that I do not allow my nomination to go forward and commit my support to whoever succeeds,” he announced.

Johnson’s statement came on a day when some of his long-time allies, including Suella Braverman, who’d served as an Attorney General in his government, backed Sunak.

The deadline for entering the Conservative Party leadership contest will pass at 2pm on Monday. Sunak is now leading, with more than 140 supporters publicly backing him, while Penny Mordaunt has just over 20 endorsements.

If Mordaunt or any other candidate also reaches the 100 votes threshold, the race will go to an electronic vote by Conservative Party members. If Sunak remains the only candidate to pass the benchmark, he will be declared the next Prime Minister on Monday.

Johnson’s decision to pull out from the race will apparently come as a disappointment for many members of the Tory party. A recent YouGov survey revealed that 32% of respondents would like Johnson to return as prime minister, despite a series of scandals and cabinet resignations that ultimately precipitated his departure.

Sunak, according to the poll, significantly lags his former boss in popularity: only 23% of 530 Tory respondents voiced support for him.

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2 Responses to “Boris Johnson pulls out of UK PM contest”

  1. Aldous says:

    I’m now more certain than ever that the UK electorate are being prepped for an unelected wartime ‘government of national unity’ under Starmer.
    There really is no need for a GE because Labour would clearly win it by a landslide (for real or fabricated) – even though this wouldn’t make the chances of peace any more likely but only worse if that was ever possible.
    I’m afraid that history is repeating itself once again just as in World War 2 when would-be peacemaker Chamberlain was got rid of only to be replaced by warmonger Churchill.
    Britain is on a war-footing and the sheeple are sleepwalking into it once again.
    And Jesus Wept.

  2. Aldous says:

    My tired mop-head for cleaning the kitchen floor looks better than that Worzel Gummidge looking ‘thing’ that Bozo has got planted on its head.
    He’s such an embarrassment.
    His alleged many women have got to be blind or insane to let such a despicable Etonian Bullingdon Club brat creature anywhere near them.
    Queen Victoria had quite a few (7?) children but I don’t believe any of them were Prince Albert’s who could only fire blanks.
    The House of Rot (Fed Res/Bank of England) sire many children out of wedlock.
    I’m sure Londoners were well aware of what was going on and used to refer to a chastity belt as ‘Prince Albert’.
    Queen Vic was often ‘hissed at’ in public and there were several attempts on her life:
    Eight Assassination Attempts on Queen Victoria