Jeffrey Archer lays out Boris Johnson’ path to victory for PM post

Boris Johnson 'will return if he runs in election' says Archer

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Boris Johnson could be the likely winner of the Tory leadership election if he decides to run, Lord Jeffrey Archer predicted. Since Liz Truss’ resignation, speculations have swirled around a potential political comeback for the former Prime Minister who is flying back from his Caribbean holiday. No candidate has so far officially thrown their hat in the ring but Mr Johnson, Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt are likely to take part in the race for 10 Downing Street.

Lord Jeffrey Archer told Good Morning Britain: “You have to follow carefully the fact that Sir Graham Brady, a very shrew chairman of the 1922 Committee and his committee, have decided you have to have 100 votes before you can even enter the competition. 

“That means, as you only have 350 members the maximum possible is 3 [finalists].

“And it’s far more likely to be 2.”

Lord Archer said: “Now, the latest signed-up numbers – I understand – are Boris Johnson 51, Sunak 43, Mordaunt 17. 

“Now, if Penny Mordaunt can’t get to 100, where she advises her followers to go will be very important.

“But I predict unlike my friend Michael Howard that if Boris Johnson gets to the final two, he will win.

“And he will return to Downing Street.”

Boris Johnson’s father Stanley Johnson has confirmed his son is on a plane bound for London. But he fell short of confirming an official bid for Prime Minister. 

Other potential candidates like Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt, who both ran in the summer’s Tory leadership contest, have so far not officially declared their candidacy. 

While Rishi Sunak was photographed leaving his home this morning, Penny Mordaunt has remained silent, with a close ally saying she is “taking sounds” from colleagues.

In the hours following Liz Truss’ resignation, Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, said Tory leadership candidates will need to secure the backing of at least 100 MPs over the weekend to make the final ballot.  

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He said the high threshold would speed up the contest to replace Liz Truss, with the winner expected on Friday, October 28 at the latest.

The change could also lead to the next Prime Minister effectively being selected over the weekend if only one candidate manages to pass the threshold.

If two or three candidates reach the threshold, then there will be two rounds of voting from MPs, with the first one taking place on Monday at 3:30 pm with results announced at 6 pm. 

A second vote would be held if needed, with the ballot closing at 11 am on Friday and the results announced later that day.

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