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Boris Johnson takes revenge on potential replacement – ​​media – RT World News

The Times claimed the outgoing Tory leader had urged fellow Tories to back any candidate but one

Boris Johnson, who was forced to resign as British Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative party last Thursday, is trying to prevent one of his former ministers from winning the Tory leadership race, the Times has claimed. .

Johnson reportedly called on fellow Tories to vote for any candidate except Rishi Sunak – the former Chancellor of the Exchequer in Johnson’s Cabinet, who ultimately turned on his embattled boss.

In its Friday report, the British newspaper alleged that Johnson had private conversations with the candidates who have already dropped out of the contest for the party’s top spot, urging them to support “Anyone but Rishi.”

An anonymous source told The Times that “The whole No.10 team hates Rishi. It’s personal. It’s vitriolic. They don’t blame Saj [Sajid Javid] to knock him down. They blame Rishi. They think he had been planning this for months.

Sunak announced he was stepping down as Chancellor last Tuesday, minutes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid tendered his own resignation. This set off something of a domino effect, with dozens of other ministers and government officials leaving their posts, ultimately leading to Johnson’s downfall.

According to another Times source, the Prime Minister had expressed his fear that Sunak would leave “soft, tender” on Russia, if elected. Speaking to reporters, one of the former chancellor’s allies however denied that Sunak was planning to do so.

Meanwhile, an unnamed Johnson ally was quoted by the outlet as saying it was not true that Johnson wanted “Anyone but Rishi.” The source, however, confirmed there was a sense of resentment over the former chancellor’s resignation, as well as his failure to present a strategy for growth in his final months in office.

The newspaper also claimed the former Tory leader had made it known that of all the candidates to become his successor, he favored Foreign Secretary Liz Truss the most.

Speaking publicly, however, Johnson said he would not endorse any candidate or get involved in any way in the leadership race.

Liz Truss closes in on replacing Boris Johnson

Sunak, who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in Johnson’s 2020 government until July 5, edged out the other four remaining candidates, including Truss, in Thursday’s final ballot.

The five remaining hopefuls will go head-to-head in a TV debate hosted by Channel 4 on Friday July 15. At least two more televised debates are scheduled for Sunday and Tuesday.

In the meantime, the next round of voting in the Conservative Party is scheduled for Monday. Follow-up rounds will take place until only two candidates remain, with the winner decided by postal ballot.

The two finalists will compete for the hearts of Tory supporters throughout the summer, with the party’s new leader and prime minister due to be announced on September 5. Only then will Johnson formally tender his resignation to the Queen.


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