Boris Johnson has been voted as Express.co.uk readers’ favourite candidate to take over when Liz Truss’ premiership ends next week, a new poll has found. Ms Truss told Prime Ministers’ Questions on Wednesday that she is “a fighter not a quitter”, but the following day handed in her resignation as she told the country she had lost control of her Conservative Party. Ms Truss was only voted in on September 5, making her the shortest-serving Prime Minister in British history.
At 1:30pm on Thursday, the 47-year-old took to the podium to tell the country she was stepping down because she could not deliver the mandate on which she was elected by the Conservative Party membership.
Her short tenure was chaotic: the former Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget saw the economy tank before he too resigned. Ms Truss then had to backtrack, and was forced to ditch her tax cuts and domestic policy agenda by the new Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt. Then, on Wednesday, she faced a fiery resignation from the former Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, as well as accusations of bullying over the fracking vote.
The former chancellor Rishi Sunak, who missed out on becoming Conservative leader after he was beaten by Ms Truss, is currently the favourite to win according to the bookies. However, Leader of the House of Commons, Penny Mordant, who also ran in the leadership bid, follows behind him.
Boris Johnson, the former Prime Minister, who himself only took to the podium to announce his resignation on July 7, is the bookies third favourite to win – but he is by far the favourite among Express.co.uk readers.
Mr Johnson, who is currently on holiday in the Caribbean but is thought to be travelling back to the UK this weekend, is reportedly “expected to stand” in the leadership contest as he believes it is a “matter of national interest”.
In a poll that ran from just before 2pm on Thursday, October 20, shortly after Ms Truss announced her resignation, until 5pm the very same day, Express.co.uk asked readers: “Who should be Prime Minister and lead the Tories?”
In total, 4,748 votes were cast with by far the most popular successor for Ms Truss being Mr Johnson, gaining the support of 61 percent of readers (2,916 people). The second most popular candidate was Ms Braverman, who resigned from her post on Wednesday after sharing secure information from a private email address. She has the backing of 9 percent (420 people) of voters.
The former Home Secretary was followed by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace with seven percent (335 people) who, in turn, was closely followed by Penny Mordaunt, also with seven percent but one less vote (334 people). Mr Sunak received six percent (298 people) of votes cast, while Secretary of State for International Trade Kemi Badenoch received 3 percent (151 people).
Another three percent of Express.co.uk readers voted for another option (129 people) and more people voted for the former Prime Minister Theresa May (41 people) than for Liz Truss to remain in power (36 people). However, more readers (42 people) said they did not know.
In the comments below the article, hundreds of readers shared their thoughts on who should take over as Prime Minister.
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A significant majority of readers felt that Ms Truss’ predecessor should return to Number 10, with username DoggyPaws writing: “The only serious candidate is Boris! Starmer will go positively apoplectic if Boris gets back in, can’t wait to see his face!”
Similarly, username Robertprice1 also believes Mr Johnson will be the person to save the party, they said: “The only thing that will save the Tories is Boris. Whatever his faults, people voted for him and will again.” Others, like username Wiser1 ordered Mr Johnson to “get in” while username Jed Hawkins simply wrote: “Bring Back Boris.”
Another supporter of Mr Johnson, username Virago, said: “None of the others could do the job”, they said: “Bring back Boris…He is head and shoulders better than the rest. The best PM in a generation at the worst times in two generations. Only Boris will get the Tories back on track to win an election. None of the others can do it.”
While username Clhclh said “rise like a phoenix, Boris”, another, username DavidCohen2, wrote directly to the former Prime Minister, saying: “Boris! Your party needs you and is sorry about the backstabbing. Please come back ASAP.”
However, username CliveLondon was in complete disagreement and wrote: “No way Boris.”
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