According to a party colleague, former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on the path to renewing his candidacy for prime minister. Conservative MP James Doddridge told Sky News Friday night that Johnson had said he was “ready” and wanted to run. Several media outlets reported earlier that Johnson was interested in running for office.
Several cabinet members have already spoken out in favor of the 58-year-old’s return. Johnson resigned as Prime Minister only at the beginning of September after numerous scandals. He is said to be returning from vacation in the Caribbean.
Earlier, British Parliamentary Affairs Minister Penny Mordaunt was the first to announce her candidacy to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Liz Truss. “I am encouraged by the support of colleagues who want a fresh start, a united party and leadership for the national interest,” the conservative politician said on Twitter on Friday. As party leader and prime minister, she wants to reunite the country.
In addition, the 49-year-old Mordaunt said she wants to fulfill election promises made by the Conservative Party and win the next general election. Truss announced her resignation Thursday after just over six weeks in the job. Who will succeed her will be determined as soon as next week. Applicants need the support of at least 100 MPs. When voting in the parliamentary group, two finalists must then be selected, who will face the vote of the party’s base in an online election.
Mordaunt, who had already applied for the position of prime minister after the resignation of Johnson’s predecessor Truss last summer, ranked third in the number of her supporters on Friday after former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and former Prime Minister Johnson, according to British media. Until then, none of the three had reached the necessary booster threshold. (Abba)
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