Boris Johnson flew back to London on Saturday morning, hoping his arrival at Gatwick Airport would mark the beginning of his triumphant return to 10 Downing Street.
Mr Johnson, who was ousted as prime minister in July after a series of scandals, said he had arrived in the UK from a Caribbean vacation intending to join the race to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. The PA media news agency reported on the statements of the allies.
Mr Johnson told British Trade Secretary James Dudridge that he was “going to do it”, PA reported. He indicated that he would be running for a leadership contest despite being under congressional investigation for allegedly lying to lawmakers.
Truss stepped down on Thursday, just six weeks into her disastrous term that has plunged Britain into political and economic turmoil. Her successor will be her fifth prime minister to lead the country since she voted in favor of Brexit in 2016.
Former Home Secretary Priti Patel on Saturday became one of Johnson’s most high-profile supporters in his quest to become prime minister. We are on a mission to provide a proven track record of doing it right,” she said in a tweet.
but his Opinions are divided within the Conservative Party about a possible return to the top job, with many MPs fearing the prospect of Johnson becoming prime minister for a second time.
Even former deputy prime minister and foreign secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC “we can’t go back”, pointing out that Johnson is facing an investigation into the so-called partygate scandal over illegal gatherings in Downing Street. .
The former prime minister is expected to appear before the Commons Privileges Committee in the coming weeks to investigate whether he misled parliament regarding political parties.
Graham Brady, leader of the 1922 committee representing General Conservative MPs in Parliament, said a new prime minister would be elected by next Friday. He said by then he would need at least 100 nominations from the party’s parliamentarians. The threshold effectively narrows down the potential candidate fields to a maximum of three.
If even one candidate meets that threshold, that candidate automatically becomes the leader. Otherwise, online voting for party members closes on his Friday, October 28th.
If he can get the number of supporters he needs, Mr Johnson will join former finance minister Rishi Sunak, who has already reached his breaking point, Britain’s PA media news agency reported on Friday.
Snak, who lost to Truss in the final round of the last Leadership Contest, has yet to formally declare his candidacy. CNN has reached out to his Sunak representative for comment.
House of Commons leader Penny Mordaunt also threw her name into the ring.