BORIS Johnson promised Tory MPs last night he would “get the country back on its feet” as he stood on the cusp of a stunning political comeback.
The former Prime Minister also vowed there would be no more sordid scandals on his watch when he returned to No. 10, as he told his MPs: “Only I have the mandate to lead Britain.”
He returned from his Caribbean break yesterday morning and immediately picked up the phones to rally support for his leadership bid.
After disembarking from the plane at Gatwick Airport, he sped straight to London, where he held important discussions with his closest associates.
Just before 3:00 p.m., Team Boris stated that he had the 100 MP supporters needed for a place in the final selection process, although only 56 had publicly supported him.
Still, many Tory MPs warned they would sit as independents should Mr Johnson return.
If enough leave, the party could lose its majority and inadvertently trigger an election.
A big backbench critic of Mr Johnson said: “If he comes through he will tear our party apart. There will be more civil wars.”
For now, the stage is set for a titanic battle between Mr Johnson and friend-turned-enemy Rishi Sunak – the former chancellor whose resignation forced him out of No. 10 just six weeks ago.
After an overnight flight, Mr Johnson sat in a room in front of two large Union Jacks, eyes tired, when he called Tory MPs to persuade them to support him.
At around 3.30pm, Mr Johnson – based in Millbank Tower, a few hundred yards from Parliament where Mr Sunak worked – spoke to Red Waller Lee Anderson.
Mr Anderson, MP for Ashfield, Notts, said: “We had a clear conversation. He assured me that things would change, that we would work hard, move forward and get the country back on its feet.”
Mr Johnson also told him past scandals would not repeat themselves, such as the delay in sacking former chief whip Chris Pincher, who was accused of groping two men at a Tory members’ club. Mr Anderson said: “His pitch was very reassuring.
“I said, ‘We can’t have another Pincher episode,’ and he promised me we wouldn’t or that the response would be quicker.”
Mr Johnson also told Allies that after Liz Truss was ousted, only he had the mandate to lead Britain.
Tory MP James Duddridge said: “I asked him what he thought were the big campaign issues that I should be promoting and he said, ‘I’m the only person with a mandate to get this done.’
“He said his phone keeps ringing and people are calling to support him.”
In a hectic day of political conspiracies, supporters of Mr Johnson, Mr Sunak and Penny Mordaunt, who first threw her hat in the ring, solicited colleagues.
As of last night, Mr Sunak had 119 public confirmations, more than double Mr Johnson’s tally. However, sources from Mr Johnson’s campaign said he passed the crucial 100. Mrs. Mordaunt lagged 23 behind.
Allies of Mr Johnson claimed her team had approached his camp to finalize a deal that would see her get a cabinet job if she left the PM race and backed him.
Her followers dismissed the rumor as “rubbish.”
Meanwhile, the big beast Priti Patel got behind her old boss.
The former Home Secretary said: “I support Boris Johnson in his return as our Prime Minister to bring together a united team to present our Manifesto and lead Britain towards a stronger and more prosperous future.”
Mr Johnson’s supporters last night used polling results to get wavering MPs on board amid fears he would lose momentum.
It came after the Sunday Times reported that several Tory donors who had previously supported Mr Johnson told him now was not the right time for his return.
Mr Johnson’s team told MPs in Red Wall seats that polls show only he can win the key targets of the Labor Party’s general election.
The poll, conducted just days before Ms Truss left, asked Tory voters which leader would be more likely to make them support the party in the next election.
A total of 56 per cent said they would prefer Mr Johnson to be Prime Minister over Liz Truss.
About 48 percent responded that they would prefer Mr. Sunak in the Portland Communications poll.
If Mr Johnson continues to win the vote, it would be the most impressive political comeback since his hero Sir Winston Churchill returned to No. 10 in 1951 after six years out of office.
Meanwhile, a Deltapoll poll found Mr Johnson to be the Conservatives’ best weapon against Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer.
The poll for the Mail on Sunday found Labor would tumble home with an overwhelming majority of 320 seats if an election were held today.
This would be reduced to 26 with Mr Johnson at the head of the Tory.
Simon Clarke & Alok Sharma: ‘This is our last chance to win back Britain’s confidence’
AS we prepare to select a new leader, we recognize that this is the Conservative Party’s last chance to win back the confidence of the British people.
Our mission was to bring about Brexit and unleash the potential of the whole nation.
Thanks to Boris, we swept away years of stalemate and put Brexit behind us.
And in 2019 we started fixing the second issue and made progress in fighting the pandemic.
While talent is evenly distributed across the country, opportunity is not.
With his leveling agenda, Boris gave us a unique opportunity to unlock this talent.
Billions of pounds from both the public and private sectors have helped parts of the country that Labor have forgotten or taken for granted.
Many thousands of jobs have been created in our traditional industrial core areas, including in green growth sectors such as offshore wind.
Boris got us started, but there is still a long way to go and if we don’t deliver, we’ll face defeat in the next elections.
That’s why we will support Boris tomorrow.
In a world destabilized by Putin’s terrible war, we must deal with the energy crisis, support families with the cost of living, and most importantly, grow our economy.
Boris is a world leader who can find a course through difficult waters. We need that today.
Our constituents want to see progress—bills and taxes falling, wages rising, public services working, and high streets booming again.
This government was elected with Boris Johnson as the leader on a manifesto to get these things done. We are judged on this platform.
We write together today as MPs in the North East and South East and as Cabinet Ministers who have seen Boris’ ability to drive change.
We encourage our colleagues to put recent events behind us, unite behind him and return to fulfilling the priorities for which we were elected in 2019.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6505536/boris-johnson-promises-tory-mps-country-back-feet/ Boris Johnson promises Tory MPs he will ‘get Britain back on its feet’ as he attempts a stunning political comeback