Boris still plotting No10 comeback before next election despite quitting Tory leader race

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Boris Johnson is still hoping to make a sensational return to No10 despite pulling out of the Tory party leadership contest last night. The former Prime Minister announced he would not be formally putting his name forward to once again govern the country.

He said his decision was taken because “you can’t govern effectively unless you have a united party in Parliament”.

However, Mr Johnson refused to rule out making a return at a later date claiming now was “simply not the right time”.

He even went so far as to suggest he thought he may still be once again in Downing Street before the next general election.

The ex-Prime Minister said: “I believe I am well placed to deliver a Conservative victory in 2024.”

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In his statement confirming he would not be putting his name forward to return to the Tory party’s leadership, he said he would support whoever replaces Liz Truss.

“I have been attracted because I led our party into a massive election victory less than three years ago — and I believe I am therefore uniquely placed to avert a general election now.

“A general election would be a further disastrous distraction just when the government must focus on the economic pressures faced by families across the country,” he said.

“I have reached out to both Rishi and Penny — because I hoped that we could come together in the national interest — we have sadly not been able to work out a way of doing this.

“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.

“I believe I have much to offer but I am afraid that this is simply not the right time.”

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Many usually loyal supporters of Mr Johnson have suggested that they would back his return in the future but not at the moment.

International Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch said: “The party needs a unifying figure to do what’s right for the UK. At this moment, I believe that person is Rishi.

“I’m a fan of Boris but his return, given all that’s happened would not bring people together.”

Meanwhile, Lord Frost said: “Boris Johnson will always be a hero for delivering Brexit.

“But we must move on. It is simply not right to risk repeating the chaos and confusion of the last year.”

Mr Johnson left No10 on September 6 after having announced his plans to step down in July due to a revolt from Tory MPs.

He hinted at a planned comeback at the time by signing off his final Prime Minister’s Questions with “hasta la vista, baby”, meaning “see you later”.

In a statement on the steps of Downing Street on the day of his departure, he also hinted at a return by comparing himself to the Roman general Cincinnatus, a figure who “returned to his plough”.



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