Britain’s former prime minister Boris Johnson has flown back to the country to possibly consider another run for office, just months after he was ousted. Johnson touched down at Gatwick Airport on Saturday morning, 22 October 2022, after going on holiday in the Caribbean.
Johnson is now vying for the very seat he used to occupy and wants to replace Liz Truss, who resigned after just 44 days in office.
BORIS JOHNSON MAKING A RETURN TO POLITICS
According to Britain’s PA Media, Boris Johnson told trade minister James Duddridge that he was up for the task of running for prime minister again, despite the fact that the scandals that marred his tenure have made him the subject of a parliamentary investigation.
Johnson has received the support of dozens of Conservative politicians, but needs 100 nominations to be considered for the post.
However, both Conservative and Labour MPs are divided over Johnson’s possible return. Some in his own party reckon he is the best choice to take over the reins, while others consider him a toxic figure who would struggle to unite the party and so might undermine efforts to build a stable leadership to calm rattled financial markets.
Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen has threatened to resign if Johnson does indeed make a comeback and told Conservatives not to create a Johnson “personality cult”.
Truss resigned on Thursday, 20 October 2022, after just six weeks in Downing Street. Her term in office plunged Britain into utter political and economic turmoil. Whoever takes over from her would be the fifth prime minister to lead the country since it voted for Brexit in 2016.
“Given the situation, I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party. I have therefore spoken to His Majesty The King to notify him that I am resigning as Leader of the Conservative Party,” Truss said.