A lucrative but uncertain future for future ex-Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Although Boris Johnson is just a week away from leaving 10 Downing Street, the future former British Prime Minister has not given up his political career.
Mr Johnson is making a series of public visits across Britain in his final week as Prime Minister. On September 6, his successor, Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak, will be named at a special Conservative Party conference.
Outside of government, Mr Johnson is likely to be in high demand as a writer and public speaker and could earn up to £5million a year.
However, allies of Mr Johnson say he feels mistreated after a mass resignation of ministers prompted Tory MPs to force the former Prime Minister to resign. He has also repeatedly refused to rule out a return to British political life. History is not in his favour, however, as the last time a former prime minister held a ministerial post after leaving office dates back to 1970 with Alec Douglas-Hume.
“I’m afraid he has an extraordinary ego and thinks he’s been mistreated. He doesn’t see the reality, which is that he was a terrible prime minister and lost his job because of deep character flaws.”Former Cabinet Secretary Rory Stewart, who ran against Mr Johnson for leadership of the Tory Party in 2019, told the BBC on Tuesday.
When asked about his future on Tuesday, the current prime minister replied: “I think, on the whole, people in this country are more interested in their broadband connection than in the fate of this or that politician. »
While opinion polls suggest most voters were relieved by Boris Johnson’s departure from his party in July, he continues to enjoy some popularity among Tory voters. A YouGov poll found that 38% think his fall was the right thing to do, while 40% disagree.
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