Published On: Mon, Mar 11th, 2024

Boris Johnson set for big general election comeback in bid to rescue Tories | Politics | News

Boris Johnson is set to campaign for the Tories in Red Wall seats ahead of the next general election.

The former prime minister is likely to be deployed in constituencies across the north of England and the Midlands which fell from Labour to the Conservatives in his landslide 2019 victory.

It comes after a thawing of relations between Mr Johnson and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

A source familiar with Mr Johnson’s thinking told The Times: “If there is a way he can help that is right for him and for the party he will.

“Sunak will of course be front and centre but he [Johnson] always wanted to take the fight to Starmer.

“Just as he has always supported the Conservative Party he will do so now.”

They said Mr Johnson was likely to travel to marginal marginal constituencies, make speeches and appear on leaflets.

A Government source added: “Don’t expect Boris to appear on stage with Rishi — that’s not going to happen — but he is up for it. The relationship is in a fairly good place.”

Mr Sunak suffered a blow today with the defection of Ashfield MP Lee Anderson to Reform UK.

The former Tory deputy chairman switched to the Nigel Farage-linked party, which is polling at up to 14 percent, after losing the Tory whip in an Islamophobia row.

It comes as there has been ongoing speculation over whether Mr Johnson will make a political comeback as the Conservatives trail behind Labour in the polls.

The Tory big beast was forced out of Downing Street in 2022, with Mr Sunak’s resignation as Chancellor sparking a domino effect.

He went on to quit as Uxbridge and South Ruislip’s MP last year following a “witch hunt” investigation into the Partygate row.

But he vowed “I’ll be back” in a direct message to loyal Daily Express readers.

Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak issued a joint statement on the anniversary of Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine last month in a sign of improved relations between the pair.

A spokesman for Mr Johnson said: “Boris Johnson’s focus at the moment is writing and speaking and he is very productively engaged on that.

“His position has been consistently in support of the Conservative Party for his entire political life and that will remain so.”

Source link

Verified by MonsterInsights