Boris Johnson bid gets support from former rival

Cheryl Sanders
June 17, 2019

Mr Jones added that Mr Johnson "has a big personality and is the most recognisable politician in the country". But others mistrust him for his long record of misleading and false statements, verbal blunders and erratic performance in high office.

International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, one of the contenders, said there was "a problem of trust" with Johnson.

The outgoing prime minister, Theresa May, had promised 108 times in the House of Commons that the United Kingdom would leave the European Union on March 29th - before delaying to April 12th, and then October 31st. "He won't talk to the public", he told BBC television.

The contenders have different strategies on how to deliver Brexit. I was tempted like Michael and like Dom to say, 'believe in the bin! He won't talk to me. "The European Union knows [a] no-deal can not get through Parliament", said Mr Stewart, a relative unknown who has shot up the bookmakers' odds to be placed second.

He got another boost Sunday, gaining the backing of Esther McVey, one of three candidates eliminated race last week.

Most of the other five hopefuls concede that Johnson, whose career has been marked by gaffes and scandals, will nearly definitely make the final two in the race, when mainly pro-Brexit Conservative Party members will cast the deciding votes.

The victor, who will become party leader and prime minister, is due to be announced in late July.

He said: "The most important stage, when the country takes a keen interest, is during the vote of the national party".

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has said he would "sound out" the possibility of a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson if the Tory leadership front-runner became Prime Minister. Critics say a more robust contest would have exposed her flaws as a leader before she got the top job.

Tory leadership hopefuls Rory Stewart and Sajid Javid believe they have the required number of supporters to survive Tuesday's second round of voting. "He should be here to answer that very question".

Hunt also offered a light apology to junior doctors for the way he dealt with the debacle as Health Secretary, saying: "I don't think I was as good at communicating my vision as I should have been".

His language has also frequently given offence. He has called Papua New Guineans cannibals and once compared Muslim women who wear face-covering veils to the sturdy red "letter boxes" on Britain's streets.

Ex-London mayor Johnson claims direct bickering between them will be counter-productive.

Former foreign secretary Mr Johnson did not appear at the hustings event for political journalists and was notably absent from the first TV debate on Channel 4 on Sunday.

The debate also featured scrutiny of the candidates' backgrounds.

Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood said Sunday that so far Johnson "seems to be the runaway victor". "I tell you, when it comes to getting us out of the European Union, and getting us to be sovereign country, I would meet with anybody and I'd travel anywhere to do that".

"When Brexit is done we should invite these people (Brexit Party members) into the Conservatives, they are basically Conservatives".

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