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EXCLUSIVE: Lord Cruddas HITS BACK at Rory Stewart after ex-MP compares PM to Silvio Berlusconi 

LORD Cruddas has hit back at Rory Stewart after the former Tory MP compared Boris Johnson to the infamous Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi. 

Rory Stewart, who ran against Mr Johnson for the Tory leadership in 2019, likened the outgoing Prime Minister to former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi and ex-US president Donald Trump, who are plotting comebacks.

Berlusconi is best known for his alleged Bunga Bunga sex parties parties that made headlines in the early 2010s. 

The former international development minister told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I’m afraid he has an extraordinary ego and he believes that he was badly treated.

“ I fear we’re going to end up with a second Berlusconi or a second Trump trying to rock back in again.”

ODDBALL: Former Tory MP Rory Stewart made a mic-dropping admission as prisons minister, revealing he once smoked opium.

Mr Johnson was ousted by his own MPs after a slew of scandals and is set to be replaced at No 10 by Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak next week.

Mr Stewart also told The Guardian: “I think he is dangerous and there are people out there who want him to come back…

“He’s going to be hovering around, hoping for a populist return.”

Lord Cruddas, who is backing calls for Boris to withdraw his resignation told Politicalite last night that Boris would have the full support of Tory members.

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“If Boris does make a come back he will have the support of the Conservative Party membership who would vote to reject his resignation.” said Cruddas.

Mr Johnson could reportedly take another shot at the leadership if his successor, widely expected to be Ms Truss, is brought down by the cost-of-living crisis.

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