Nadhim Zahawi says Boris Johnson won't make comeback as PM
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Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be standing at the next general election, supporting his commitment to a long-term political future and leaving the door open for a future Conservative leadership bid. Now, a new poll of Express.co.uk readers has found that 55 percent support Mr Johnson returning to frontline politics.
Mr Johnson has served as Conservative MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015, and he will be standing again in the west London constituency for the fourth time.
The chairman of his local Conservative association, Richard Mills, told the Telegraph that Mr Johnson has their full support. He said: “Uxbridge and South Ruislip Conservative Association fully support Boris Johnson as our local MP and candidate at any future election.
“Since his re-election in 2019, he has delivered on his plans for the re-development and modernisation of Hillingdon Hospital as well as increasing police numbers across Uxbridge.
“We look forward to continuing to work alongside him to deliver for the residents and communities within the constituency, where he has strong connections and involvement.”
In a poll that ran from midday from Monday, December 5, to 12.45pm on Monday, December 12, Express.co.uk asked readers: “Should Boris Johnson return to frontline politics?”
Overall, 3,141 people responded with 55percent (1,725 people) answering “yes” Mr Johnson should return to frontline politics.
Whereas 44 percent (1,397 people) said “no” he should not, and a further 19 people said they did not know either way.
Dozens of comments were left below the accompanying article as readers shared their thoughts on Mr Johnson’s political future.
Many readers commented in support of Mr Johnson’s return, with username cornwall123 writing: “Please comeback Johnson. A proven vote winner.”
Username virginiapinkn said: “Yes, best Prime Minister by a country mile. Too good to be wondering about in some political wilderness.”
Username Denbe said: “He is a political heavyweight who is needed at the present time….He will win his seat, he will come back, and we will all be the better for it.”
While username Jack Frost described him as the “best Prime Minister this county has had for decades”.
Another, username notolabour, said: “Course he should he is well-liked by the public.”
And username Hillus added: “Come back Boris, bigger and better.”
Last month, former chairman of the Conservative Party Jake Berry told Matt Forde’s Political Party podcast that Mr Johnson “will come back” despite having “bottled” his last bid to return as Prime Minister during the Tory leadership campaign to succeed Liz Truss.
He described Mr Johnson as the “rubber ball of politics” who would keep “bouncing back for more”.
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However, other readers thought that Mr Johnson’s political career was over. Username brexitriots said: “Boris has had his time.”
Similarly, username Laurie366 wrote: “No. He’s had his go,” and username RnR said: “He had his chance.”
Nadhim Zahawi dismissed suggestions that Mr Johnson could return as Prime Minister while speaking on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme earlier this month. He said: “No, because having another leadership election would be a surefire way of us losing the elections.”
Former Prime Ministers like Tony Blair and David Cameron chose to stand down as MPs after the collapse of their premierships, whereas some remained on the backbenches, including Margaret Thatcher, Sir John Major, Gordon Brown, Theresa May, and Liz Truss.
A former cabinet minister, who is a close ally of Mr Johnson, told Express.co.uk: “Boris does not want to be Leader of the Opposition. He has no interest in that.”
They added: “He knows his one chance to come back was when Liz Truss stepped down. He had the numbers but for his own reasons, he did not want to go ahead with it.
“We [Tory MPs] know that we cannot change Prime Minister for a third time, voters just would not accept it. The next election will be a disaster if we do that. The question is what we do after the election in opposition.”
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