Boris Johnson’s former chief of staff isn’t ruling out a comeback for the PM

Boris Johnson’s former chief of staff isn’t ruling out a comeback for the PM

  • Lord Udny-Lister said his former boss was a ‘very impressive operator’
  • He said the Prime Minister was “angry” at the way he left
  • Secretary of State Liz Truss is expected to take over from Mr Johnson

Boris Johnson’s former chief of staff said he would ‘never say never’ about the Prime Minister’s comeback.

Lord Udny-Lister said his former boss was a “very impressive operator” and didn’t rule out his return at some point.

But he also revealed that Mr Johnson was “pissed” about the way he left after scores of ministers forced his resignation.

Mr Johnson is set to officially step down on Tuesday, with Secretary of State Liz Truss expected to take over.

Lord Udny-Lister, his former confidant, told Times Radio – in an interview to be broadcast today – that the Prime Minister was very saddened by the manner in which he left.

The adviser said Mr Johnson was “very shocked by what happened and the speed at which it happened”.

Mr Johnson (pictured) will officially step down on Tuesday, with Secretary of State Liz Truss expected to take over

Mr Johnson (pictured) will officially step down on Tuesday, with Secretary of State Liz Truss expected to take over

Asked if Mr Johnson was angry at being removed from office like former US President Donald Trump, who refused to admit the election, the Conservative colleague replied: “He’s not Donald Trump, and yes, of course he’s angry about it, but he also recognizes that he has to move on.’

On returning to office, Mr Johnson said: “I would never say never what to do with Boris Johnson and when people say, ‘Will he ever come back? I would say maybe.

“He’s a very impressive operator. He’s someone who has proven himself and has always been able to surprise people.’

The adviser, who left No10 early last year, said the Prime Minister’s team should have handled the Partygate revelations differently.

“Allowing that to come out in bits and pieces, and it was like a drip, drip, drip…” he said.

He also said that the next prime minister should appoint an ethics adviser. Allegations of sexual harassment in the House of Commons contributed to Mr Johnson leaving office.

A Survation poll for The Mail on Sunday found that more than half of all 2019 Tory voters think the next Prime Minister should offer Mr Johnson a role in government.

Of those who supported the prime minister three years ago, 53 percent wanted him offered a job, while 34 percent opposed it.

However, when asked whether Mr Johnson would be a good future candidate for prime minister, voters were split in 2019, with slightly more votes against (49%) than for (42%).

Voters are more likely to vote for Mr Johnson than they were in July and his net favor is up 12 points. However, it trails other prime ministerial candidates at -28, compared to -25 for Liz Truss and +2 for Sir Keir Starmer.

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