Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to run for the leadership of the Conservative Party to replace Liz Truss, who announced earlier Thursday that she was standing down, The Times reported.
“He is receiving input and is said to believe it is a matter of national interest,” The Times political editor Stephen Swinford said on Twitter.
I’m told that Boris Johnson is expected to stand in the Tory leadership contest
He’s taking soundings but is said to believe it is a matter of national interesthttps://t.co/SuApE3RmIr
— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford)
The former prime minister Boris Johnson took Britain’s reins in July 2019 after emerging victorious in a Tory leadership vote and then delivered a historic landslide election victory five months later. He won the election with a commitment to “get Brexit done”but his government has been embroiled in scandals in recent months, including a police investigation into partygate in Downing Street during the lockdown.
On July 7, the “mutiny” of Conservative ministers, under-secretaries and officials to remove Boris Johnson from the prime ministership was crowned with success.
Johnson’s resignation marks the end of a political career which saw the successful ‘Vote Leave’ campaign to leave the EU in 2016 help give the Conservative Party a historic victory in the 2019 general election. It is less than three years since Johnson stood triumphant outside Number 10 Downing Street, having won a huge parliamentary majority 80 seats.
This is the seventh shortest term in the country’s history, with two years and 349 days at the helm. Johnson stayed even fewer days than the Theresa Mayits predecessor, which was deemed a failure. He remained in the prime ministership of “old Albion” until the election of the new Tory leader in the autumn.
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