British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks after winning his seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip in the general election of 2019.
Prior to the recent scandals, Boris Johnson was tipped to be prime minister for a decade.
But now, his grip on power is weakening — and leadership rivals are emerging.
However, all have flaws. There is no obvious replacement for the most successful Conservative prime minister since Thatcher.
It is almost unthinkable, but thinking about it, Conservative MPs most definitely are.
Just two years after Boris Johnson secured the party’s biggest victory since Margaret Thatcher’s 1987 win, his backbenchers are openly discussing his departure —and who will succeed him.
A few weeks ago, Conservative figures suggested Johnson could call a snap election to refresh his majority and cement his hold on power for another five years. Pundits predicted he could be in Number 10 for a decade.
But then came successive leaks, allegations of conflicts of interest, self-dealing sleaze, lockdown-busting parties, and a slew of polls giving Labour a growing lead. Now there is a real chance that Johnson’s tenure could be shorter than Theresa May’s.
May held the reins for just three years before resigning as post-Brexit negotiations and a hung parliament paralyzed her government and Westminster.
In the summer of 2019, Johnson was waiting in the wings. The leadership campaign pitted Johnson against Sajid Javid and Matt Hancock, men he would later join his Cabinet. Rory Stewart garnered some support as a dark horse candidate, while Jeremy Hunt got down to the final two — and, ultimately, paid for it with a seat on the backbenches.
In reality, the contest was a formality. Everyone knew Johnson — who famously, when a child, said he wanted to be “world king” — would take the crown.
This time, perhaps because no one expected his demise so soon, things are quite different. There is no obvious pretender to the throne.
Here’s a look at who might be Britain’s next prime minister.
Liz Truss: ‘#InLizWeTruss’
—Sebastian Payne (@SebastianEPayne) November 30, 2021
Liz Truss, Foreign Secretary and longest-serving government minister, appears on paper to be in with a shout. Having shed her pro-Remain stance to become a buccaneering libertarian, she regularly tops ConHome’s ministerial league table (in fact, every month consecutively for over a year now).
Truss has a penchant for photoshoots — some of which go awry — but recently channeled Thatcher by posing in a tank in Estonia, presumably in the hope of sending the Tory right wild.
She has also been putting in the leg work, wining, and dining colleagues at the swanky private members club 5 Hertford Street.
And yet it seems she is having limited success at winning MPs over. Despite asking backbenchers for weeks whether they fancy Truss as their next prime minister, Insider has yet to find one who backs her.
“Liz Truss is not going to get in,” says one MP. Another adds: “I would be astonished if Liz was in the final two.”
Asked if they would prefer Truss to Johnson, a third replied: “Urgh, she’s no better.”
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Source:: Business Insider