“BoJo” claims to have collected enough sponsorships from Conservative MPs, but explains his decision to throw in the towel because of his party’s divisions.
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He will not make this improbable comeback. Two months after leaving the back door of 10 Downing Street, former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday, October 23, his decision not to contest to succeed Liz Truss, forced to step down after six weeks in power. The door appears open to former finance minister Rishi Sunak, the only Conservative leader to muster the necessary 100 MP approvals.
‘I believe I am well placed to deliver a Conservative election victory in 2024
‘In the last few days I have unfortunately come to the conclusion that it simply would not be the right thing to do
‘You cannot govern effectively unless you have a united party in parliament’
—Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) 23 October 2022
Boris Johnson only had around sixty MPs backing him, according to official counts, with a further 40 to be found tomorrow. In front of the press, he assured to count more than a hundred, but justified his renunciation because“we cannot govern without a united party in parliament”.