POLITICS: Who are Tory MPs backing for Prime Minister?

Boris Johnston visited the Clyde Submarine with Ben Wallace, who has refused to run for PM, but has told the Tories he wants an increase in defence spending.

By Bill Heaney

Boris Johnston arrived back in London early this morning to claim back the premiership.

Some of the best informed political  commentators were putting their reputation on the line by forecasting that Boris was a stick-on to wrest the top job back from humiliated Liz Truss.

And from what we were hearing in the run up to midnight last night there will be “a coronation” for Boris come Monday.

Partygate appears to be non issue with the Tories and all of Boris’s transgressions in office,  which saw him shown the door with the number 10 on it, will be set aside.

The report of a committee set up to inquire into his conduct will be swept under the Downing Street carpet.

A great number of people across the UK will be dismayed by what’s happening – with the exception being the vast majority of Tory MPs who have now indicated that Boris is the man for the job.

By Monday evening, they will be jumping for joy in celebration of for Johnston’s victory.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s nose will be out of joint at the news since her hopes of a referendum on Independence for Scotland and the prospect of a general election will disappear down the Thames

There will be parties aplenty at which fatted calves will be served up and vats of wine and champagne will be merrily consumed to celebrate the Prodigal Son’s return.

Meanwhile, Penny Mordaunt was the first Tory leadership contender to confirm she is running for No 10, is still promising she can deliver a “fresh start” for the party.  The Commons leader – who finished third in the last race, in July – is likely to face Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson.

However, Sunak may duck out when he sees the writing on the wall for his campaign, and is yet to make an official announcement about his participation.

Ms Mordaunt is believed to have told Jeremy Hunt he will remain as chancellor – and that there will be no delay to his de-facto budget planned for 31 October, but that will become history now that Boris is back in the Tory fold.

We live in interesting times.

Meanwghile, we’ve been keeping an eye on the number of Conservative MPs who have declared their support for potential contenders in the leadership election so far.

Candidates need the support of at least 100 MPs by 14:00 on Monday – a much higher threshold than the last leadership race.

Sources close to Boris Johnson claimed on Saturday that he has passed the threshold of 100 MPs’ nominations to allow him to join the battle to succeed Liz Truss as prime minister.

The claim came shortly after the former PM arrived back in the UK from a Caribbean holiday, amid expectations he will soon declare his intention to make a remarkable return to Downing Street less than two months after handing over to Ms Truss.

Rishi Sunak also has reportedly reached 100 nominations from Conservative party members of parliament to become the first candidate to proceed to the ballot on Monday.

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood tweeted on Friday evening that he was “honoured” to be the 100th Tory MP to support Rishi Sunak.

The Conservatives on Thursday announced that candidates for prime minister would need a minimum of 100 nominations by 2pm on Monday to proceed to the first ballot, which will be held between 3.30pm and 5.30pm London time on Monday.

A maximum of three MPs can make it on Monday’s ballot.

A journalist at The Guardian also tweeted, citing unnamed sources, that Sunak became the first candidate to reach the threshold.

Top picture (left to right) Penny Mordaunt, Boris Johnston, Rishi Sunak and Suella Braverman, who is now a non-runner.

One comment

  1. Why would anyone in Scotland have a y interest in who is the next Tory prime minister.

    They have no say, no choice in the matter. No voice.

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