BORIS Johnson allies are plotting a “safe seat” comeback for the PM so he can launch a comeback, Politicalite can reveal.
Top Tories leading the #BorisOnTheBallot campaign told Politicalite last night that Mr Johnson was “testing the water” over moving to a constituency with a much larger Conservative majority.
Polls suggest that the majority of Tory members do not want the PM to resign – with 81% telling Politicalite that Boris should be on the final leadership ballot.
We asked “Should Boris Johnson be on the final ballot?” in a poll of 1,405 people.
81% said YES 19% said NO.
The PM is understood to want to remain on the back benches and there have been reports he hopes to stage a political comeback with another bid for No 10.
One insider even suggested Mr Johnson’s allies were prepared to offer honours – including knighthoods and peerages – to loyalist MPs and Tory veterans in safe seats who might contemplate retirement.
“It has been discussed. They’re testing the water with MPs with safe seats,” they said.
The PM is also taking legal action against Tory rebels with the legal plans would be “clearer in few days.” With the PM’s team “Consulting legal advisers just now”
Boris told Lord Cruddas that “he doesn’t want to resign as Prime Minister if members back him” as the high court legal bid is launched to take on Tory rebels.
The PM told Boris on the Ballot backer Lord Cruddas that he wishes he could “wipe away” his resignation as TEN THOUSAND members backed a bid to for a vote on his future.
David C. Bannerman told Express.co.uk that the campaign to give members a vote had recruited a “top QC”.
A second source told the Daily Mirror: “Boris thinks the Tory party has made a huge mistake getting rid of him and, with time, will come to regret it.
“But sticking with Uxbridge would be risky. So they’re looking at options”.