Nadhim Zahawi says Boris Johnson won't make comeback as PM
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Boris Johnson left 10 Downing Street just three months ago following his resignation in July, and he is reportedly committed to a long-term political future after declaring his candidacy at the next general election. But should he make a return to frontline politics? Vote in our poll.
Mr Johnson has chosen to stand again as a Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip at the next election, where he has served as an MP since 2015.
The chairman of his local Conservative association, Richard Mills, told the Telegraph that Mr Johnson has their full support. He said: “Uxbridge and South Ruislip Conservative Association fully support Boris Johnson as our local MP and candidate at any future election.
“Since his re-election in 2019, he has delivered on his plans for the re-development and modernisation of Hillingdon Hospital as well as increasing police numbers across Uxbridge.
“We look forward to continuing to work alongside him to deliver for the residents and communities within the constituency, where he has strong connections and involvement.”
His decision to run for the fourth time in the west London constituency leaves the door open for a future leadership campaign. However, veteran pollster Sir John Curtice has warned that Mr Johnson may struggle to hold on to his seat in the “vulnerable” constituency.
Recent modelling by the New Statesman shows Labour would win the seat by 52 points to 35 if the public went to the polls now.
Joe Twyman, co-founder of the public opinion consultancy Deltapoll, said: “Uxbridge is going to be high on Labour’s target list next time around, and if the national polls stay where they are it should be very winnable for them.
“We don’t know what impact Boris Johnson’s own reputation will have on the race though. There will be people who are more likely to vote for him than any other Conservative. But I suspect they will be outnumbered by those who are particularly motivated to vote against him.”
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Last month the former chairman of the Conservative Party Jake Berry claimed on Matt Forde’s Political Party podcast that Mr Johnson “will come back” despite having “bottled” his last bid to return as Prime Minister, describing him as the “rubber ball of politics” who would keep “bouncing back for more”.
Nadhim Zahawi dismissed suggestions Mr Johnson could return to lead both the country and the party on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme. He explained: “No, because having another leadership election would be a surefire way of us losing the elections.”
He continued: “I speak to Boris Johnson. In fact, I spoke for him in his constituency in a conversation with the chairman of the party [event]. “Let me tell you what Boris Johnson thinks. As he did when he reflected and stepped aside and supported [Prime Minister] Rishi Sunak.
“He said, ‘I will not be selfish, I will put country and party ahead’. And Rishi has the overwhelming support of the parliamentary party which is why he supported him. That was the right thing to do. We have to remain united.”
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