Boris Johnson wins key backers after wooing Tories

Mar 2012
New Hampshire
Trump gave him a ringing endorsement as well..

Boris Johnson has pulled ahead of his closest Tory leadership rivals with a slew of endorsements from prominent party moderates and Brexiters as outsider candidates warned against a “stitch-up” barring them from the ballot.

Johnson, who has kept a low profile in the contest so far, launched his campaign in earnest with a video posted on social media highlighting his credentials. His team then released endorsements throughout the day from MPs across the party’s spectrum, including the Brexit minister Kwasi Kwarteng and Simon Hart, who coordinates the moderate Brexit Delivery Group. The video expresses support for increased education funding and police numbers and shows Johnson agreeing with a voter on the need for more stop and search.

Concern is growing among some Conservative MPs that a change in the rules could lead to a coronation of Johnson before some of the lesser-known candidates have had a chance to gain momentum.

The 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, which will run the contest, will hold an executive meeting on Tuesday as calls grow for changes to the rules to reduce the size of the field. The communities secretary, James Brokenshire, compared the race to the Grand National and suggested changes were needed to prevent the contest from dragging on.

Boris Johnson wins key backers after wooing Tories with campaign video
May 2019
Updated 4 hours ago
Deal or no deal, we leave EU on October 31 - PM candidate Johnson - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Boris Johnson, frontrunner to be Britain’s next prime minister, promised on Monday to lead the country out of the European Union on Oct. 31 with or without an exit deal, launching his leadership bid in a campaign video.

Prime Minister Theresa May is due to resign on Friday having failed to deliver Brexit on schedule. She leaves behind her a divided nation and parliament with no consensus on the way ahead for the world’s fifth largest economy.

Johnson, a former foreign minister who resigned in protest at May’s handling of Brexit, is the bookmakers’ favourite to win a crowded contest and take over the running of the country at its most important strategic juncture in decades.

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