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Boris Johnson reportedly considering entering race to return as UK prime minister

  Boris Johnson, former prime minister of the United Kingdom (UK), is considering contesting to return to his former seat, Reuters is report...


 

Boris Johnson, former prime minister of the United Kingdom (UK), is considering contesting to return to his former seat, Reuters is reporting.

 

Liz Truss, whose economic policies had been heavily criticised, stepped down from her position as prime minister on Thursday after spending 45 days in office.

 

She had replaced Johnson who had been forced out of office in July following a series of scandals.

 

Upon his resignation, Johnson said he had tried to convince his colleagues that it will be “eccentric” to change governments, adding that he regrets “not having been successful in those arguments”.

 

 “Of course, it’s painful not to be able to see through so many ideas and projects myself. Our brilliant and Darwinian system will produce another leader equally committed to taking this country forward through tough times, not just helping families to get through it, but changing and improving the way we do things, cutting the burden of businesses and families, and yes, cutting taxes,” he had said.

 

“To that new leader, I say I will give you as much support as I can. And to you, the British public, I believe there will be many people who are relieved or disappointed. I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world.”

 

According to Reuters, reports from a former aide and some members of the ruling Conservative Party state that the former prime minister is taking “soundings” to see if he has the support to return.

 

Boris would need to secure 100 nominations from Conservative lawmakers by Monday to face off against any other contender.

 

James Duddridge, the government minister and a Conservative member of parliament, in a tweet on Thursday, expressed his support for Johnson, who was away on holiday as at the time of Truss’ resignation.

 

“I hope you enjoyed your holiday boss. Time to come back. Few issues at the office that need addressing. #bringbackboris,” he tweeted.


“The only person who has a mandate from the general public is Boris Johnson, He is the only person that commands that authority given to him by the public at a general election. He is the only person who can discharge the mandate from the people. Please come back Boss,” he wrote. 


Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak, former finance minister, has been speculated as a potential replacement for Truss.

 

So far, there have been no official statements from Johnson. 

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