In the lead up to the EU election next week, the Brexit Party has soared up the polls as many predict the Tories will be punished by voters. However, Mrs May’s former aide Chris Wilkins has revealed Boris Johnson is the only MP who can take on Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party. The former Foreign Secretary declared his intention to run for the leadership of the Tory Party earlier this week and according to Mr Wilkins on BBC Newsnight, Mr Johnson is regarded as the one man that can unite the party.
Speaking on BBC Newsnight, Mr Wilkins said: “Boris Johnson has instant name recognition.
“He’s also the kind of person that has the kind of credentials to go up against the Brexit Party from day one.”
Following Mrs May’s announcement that she will set out her departure date after the vote on her Brexit Deal next month, Mr Johnson declared he would run in the next Tory leadership race.
Although Mr Johnson is popular among the Tory party membership, some members fear he may be sabotaged by rebel Tory MPs.
According to the Daily Telegraph, some Tory MPs are pledging to colleagues that they will lend each other support in order to stop Mr Johnson from becoming leader.
John Strafford, Chairman of the National Conservative Convention said: “Were Boris to be excluded it would be an absolute disgrace – members would just protest with their feet and leave the party.”
Echoing Mr Strafford’s comments, President of the Gainsborough Conservatives, Roger Patterson claimed the current party election system was “like a dictatorship”.
The Tory party suffered heavy losses in the council election recently and some within the party fear that they could once again be punished in next week’s election.
Speaking on the Conservative European Election campaign, Tory MEP Sajjad Karim has insisted that he’s never had such little support.
Mr Karim added: “They never started their EU campaign.
“They’ve made it clear right from the outset that they didn’t want this election, they’re not bothered what the result is and Brexit is going to happen before MEPs take up their seats so it’s an irrelevance.
“But none of that is actually true.
“We should have been fighting this election hard.”
Published at Sat, 18 May 2019 05:10:00 +0000