Boris Johnson will “absolutely” still lead after local elections, no matter how dismal the results for the Tories, a cabinet member has insisted.
Kwasi Kwarteng said the Prime Minister’s leadership is “not in any danger at all” as voters head to the polls with a new scandal of a porn-watching Conservative at the helm of Partygate.
There were reports that the former foreign minister Jeremy Hunt could launch a leadership bid if Mr Johnson is pushed out of power after Thursday’s election.
Conservative MP Neil community announced his resignation on Saturday after admitting he had seen pornography twice in the House of Commons.
The new embarrassment came as activists fought for votes for a Tory party led by a Prime Minister fined by police for breaching his own coronavirus laws.
Mr Kwarteng, the business secretary, told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “I don’t think his leadership is in jeopardy at all, what he has delivered is truly a remarkable string of achievements.
“I think Brexit, he delivered that, the fact that he was held in high esteem in Ukraine, he was widely hailed as someone who led efforts overseas to help Ukraine and also dealt with the rollout of vaccines has dealt with, which was a great success .”
When asked if Mr Johnson was safe no matter what happens in the polls, he replied “absolutely”.
The Mail on Sunday reported that allies of Mr Hunt, who was also a longtime Health Secretary, are ready to call themselves a “safe pair of hands” when it comes time to run for the Tory leadership.
Mr Kwarteng said: “Jeremy is a very capable colleague, he’s a good friend, I don’t know what he’s up to, but for me Boris Johnson is by far the right man to lead us to the next election. ”
Mr Hunt, who was Mr Johnson’s strongest opponent when he won the lead in 2019, has previously said his ambition to lead the Tories had not “completely gone”.
Survey 200 local authorities across the UK will open on Thursday to allow voters to voice their disapproval of or support for the Prime Minister.
Sir Keir Starmer will also be under pressure as a failure to make progress will raise questions about his ability to bring Labor back to power.
Mr Johnson will hope voters will prioritize his perceived achievements, such as vaccine rollout and Brexit, rather than lockdown violations and tax hikes amid a cost-of-living crisis.
He also released a statement trying to draw attention to trash cans, potholes and local councils rather than national politics.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/boris-johnson-jeremy-hunt-kwasi-kwarteng-neil-parish-polls-b2069350.html Johnson “will definitely be prime minister” even if local election results are dismal