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Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson may return to Downing Street this year, according to a Tory peer, and a new poll of Express UK readers shows the majority of people support the British leader’s return.
Johnson led the Conservative Party to a landslide victory in the last general election, navigating the Brexit deal, the COVID-19 pandemic and invading Ukraine before his premiership ended in July last year with a series of scandals.
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Peer and Conservative ally Stephen Greenhalgh last week suggested Mr Johnson could return in 2023, telling BBC Newsnight, “I think it’s likely, not 100 per cent certain but there is a strong possibility he will come back”.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has pledged to prioritize halving inflation, growing the economy, reducing debt, reducing NHS waiting lists and ending small boat crossings to the UK. However, some MPs believe that he does not have long to secure his premiership.
A Conservative MP spoke to the British tabloid that if the Conservatives suffer a major defeat in local elections in May, a Johnson return could be on the cards, adding that “it’s what voters want”.
They claimed that Mr Sunak had only until the middle of the year to persuade Tory voters to vote for him. From 9 a.m. on Friday, January 6, to 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11, Express readers were asked, “Should Boris Johnson come back?”
Overall, 11,326 votes were cast, with the majority of readers, 57 percent (6,460 people), voting “yes” to Johnson’s return to prominence.
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In contrast, 42 percent (4,769 people) said “no” to Johnson’s return, and one percent (97 people) said they were not sure.
While readers debated Johnson’s future, hundreds of comments were left below the accompanying article.