Boris Johnson return would 'save on allowance' says father
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Boris Johnson has sparked speculation about a potential return to the forefront of the Conservative Party after reportedly jetting back to the UK from his Caribbean holiday after Liz Truss’s resignation. Mr Johnson was ousted in July after a series of prominent departures lamenting his inconsistent recollections about claims of misconduct by former deputy chief whip Chris Pincher. Former British MEP, and Boris’s father, Stanley Johnson said he would welcome his son’s return to Number 10 and suggested his election would be “quite a saving” for the UK.
Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway said: “Very briefly, a lot of people will be surprised to know but it’s come out now because of Liz Truss’s brevity in the position that a Prime Minister, when they leave, have £115,000 a year to help run their office and duties in public life. That’s forever, for the rest of their lives.
“Some clever mathematicians have done some adding up and said that equates, over 10 years, to £1.15 million over a decade. They worked out that would fund 4,000 ambulance trips, 30,000 GP appointments.
“Should Liz Truss keep that money in your view? Does Boris need that money, cause he’ll be getting that too.”
Mr Johnson argued his son should give up his allowance were he to be selected to serve as Prime Minister once again.
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He said: “If Boris becomes the candidate and if Boris wins that election, and he returns to Downing Street, I would’ve thought it would be perfectly reasonable for him to lose the ex-Prime Minister’s allowance.
“So that would be quite a saving for the country to vote for Boris now.”
Liz Truss is now under pressure to renounce the allowance over the brevity of her tenure in Number 10.
The incumbent Prime Minister was forced to step down after only 44 days at the helm of the country, becoming the shortest-live resident of Downing Street in history.
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Several Conservative MPs have been suggesting the former Prime Minister would be crucial to avoid a bloodbath in the event of a new vote.
Peterborough MP Paul Bristow said Boris Johnson can prevent the party from being “completely wiped out” at the next general election.
When it was put to him Mr Johnson was brought down by a mass exodus of his own ministers, Mr Bristow told BBC Breakfast: “Well, that was then, this is now. We’re facing a crisis as a party.
“We could go down and be completely wiped out without Boris Johnson as our Prime Minister.
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“Boris Johnson has a mandate from the members of the party and from the electorate. I’m sure my colleagues will reflect on that when they vote, and we can avoid a general election, we can go out and put this band back together, we can have political heavyweights around that Cabinet table and we can go on and win the next general election. I’m convinced of that”.
He said Mr Johnson can “unite all factions of our party”.
And Lincoln MP Karl McCartney, who is on the executive of the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs, said there is public support for Mr Johnson to return as “people have been coming up to me for the past week and saying they want Boris to come back and I certainly do as well.”
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I did not want him to resign in the first place.
“I think the Labour Party and some of the media did a credible hatchet job over six months and got rid of our best electoral asset.
“In the marginal seat of Lincoln, I know that my majority, which is the largest it has ever been after 2019, was because Boris Johnson was the Prime Minister and was the leader of our party that was the most credible person at the time to get the majority.”
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