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Dominic Raab: Tories could ‘regress’ under Johnson

Former Conservative Deputy Prime Minister Dominique Raab warned that the Conservative Party could find itself ‘regressing’ if Boris Johnson back to Downing Street.

Raab, who supports Rishi Sunak for the leader, said he “had a lot of respect” for Johnson and insisted he might eventually make a return to frontline politics.”

He could not, however, see how Johnson could serve as Prime Minister while he remains under investigation by the Privileges Committee for potentially misleading MPs about parties being held in Downing Street during the lock.

Raab told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:

I simply do not see in practice how the new Prime Minister, in office next Friday, could give the country the attention [and] the attention he needs, while testifying and answering all these questions.

I don’t say it with taste. I am sad about this situation. I have defended Boris and I continue to believe he can make a comeback in frontline politics. But whether you’re an arch-Boris fan or an arch-Boris critic, I don’t see how you can reconcile making a return to frontline politics with this suspended committee and hearing oral testimony.

We cannot go back. We can’t have another episode of Groundhog Day, the soap opera, Partygate. We have to move the country and the government forward.

Boris Johnson would be on flight BA2156 from the Dominican Republic to London Gatwick.

He is currently due to land at 10:12 a.m., where he is expected to say whether he intends to join the leadership race. That can only mean one thing…it’s true, the flight tracker is back.

Johnson ‘booed on plane’ back in UK

Boris Johnson was spotted on a British Airways flight from the Dominican Republic to London Gatwick last night amid reports he was considering joining the Tory leadership race.

He would be seated in economy class with his wife Carrie and their children, on the flight with the callsign BA2156. It is due to land around 10:30 am today.

from the sky mark the stone said Johnson was booed by other passengers as passengers boarded the plane.

He boarded before anyone else, alone with his wife and two children. There was a mixed reaction, he was behind glass, as we waited inside the door, we saw him on the other side of the glass, there were a few boos, a few people appearing a little disoriented.

I think some vacationers here were expecting him to be on the plane, but there was a boo or two, he wouldn’t have heard them because he was on the other side of the glass.

Welcome and Summary

Hello. Rishi Sunak became the first Conservative leadership candidate to win the backing of the 100 MPs needed to enter the race on Friday night.

Boris Johnson is on his way back to London from his Caribbean vacation to drum up support from MPs in his bold bid to return to Downing Street.

Neither Johnson nor Sunak have yet officially declared, while Penny Mordaunt, the leader of the House of Commons, became the first to announce that she was rising on Friday.

I’m Léonie Chao-Fong and I’m going to bring you British political news in the next few hours. You can get in touch with questions or comments on Twitter or by email.

In the meantime, here’s where things stood Friday night:

  • Rishi Sunak would have the support of the 100 MPs needed to enter the race. He has yet to formally declare his candidacy, and the Guardian tally puts him at 88 MPs, but Tobias Ellwood has claimed he helped the former Chancellor cross the threshold.

  • Among Sunak’s supporters to be declared on Friday were Matt Hancock, Tom Tugendhat and Sajid Javid.

  • Boris Johnson is back from vacation in the Dominican Republic, as he follows Sunak. The former prime minister has already won the support of six ministers, including Jacob Rees-Mogg.

  • Johnson was allegedly booed as he boarded the plane home, according to Sky News. He is due to land at London Gatwick around 10.30am today.

  • An MP backing Johnson said Johnson told him he was ‘ready for it’ and would return to the UK after his Caribbean holiday to take part in the Conservative leadership race.

  • Lord William Hague, the former leader of the Conservative Party, said Johnson’s election would send the party into a “death spiral”.

  • Former editor of the Daily Telegraph and biographer of Margaret Thatcher, Lord Charles Moore, who is an ally of Johnson urged him not to enter the contest and “abstain that one”.

  • Penny Mordaunt officially launched her leadership bid, saying she had been “encouraged by the support of colleagues who want a fresh start, a united party and leadership in the national interest”.

  • Query by Notice suggests that Sunak will beat Mordaunt and Johnson in a leadership contest, and that Mordaunt will also beat Johnson.


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