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by Louise Wilson
20 October 2022
Boris Johnson considering Tory leadership bid

Boris Johnson announced his resignation in statement outside 10 Downing Street in July | Alamy

Boris Johnson considering Tory leadership bid

Boris Johnson is reportedly considering running to be Conservative Party leader again, the Times is reporting.

The former prime minister – who was forced to resign in July after a tumultuous few months – is believed to be consulting friends and colleagues about a potential return.

He formally left office less than seven weeks ago, following Truss’ election as leader.

He is yet to make a formal announcement on his intentions, but reports say he believes his return is a matter of “national interest”.

He is thought to have the support of several MPs, including Priti Patel – who served as his home secretary – and James Duddridge, current trade minister.

Duddridge tweeted: “I hope you enjoyed your holiday boss. Time to come back. Few issues at the office that need addressing.”

A truncated contest will take place over the next week, with a new leader expected to be in place by next Friday.

Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt are thought to also be considering running, while chancellor Jeremy Hunt has already ruled himself out.

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