Boris Johnson news: Tory leadership rival says he ‘dodged a bullet’ by losing | UK | News (Reports)


In July Mr Johnson defeated former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt to reach 10 Downing Street. He secured 66.4 percent of Tory MPs votes, as opposed to 33.6 percent for Mr Hunt.

Mr Hunt was the last remaining challenger to Mr Johnson after a number of other rivals, including Michael Gove and Rory Stewart, were defeated.

Currently Mr Hunt chairs the influential Health and Social Care Select Committee.

Mr Hunt was hampered in his bid to appeal to Brexit backing Tory members by his support for a ‘Remain’ vote during the 2016 referendum.

Speaking to Sky News he said: “I’ve certainly dodged a bullet, there’s no question when you look at the year that poor Boris has had.

“It’s been a very tough year for anyone who was Prime Minister, there’s absolutely no question about it.

“I would have loved to have done the job but I recognise that Boris Johnson did something very important which is he got an 80 seat majority for the Conservatives.”

Mr Johnson vanquished Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party at the December 2019 general election.

His Conservatives received 43.6 percent of the vote versus 32.1 percent for their left-wing rival.

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President Trump later said Mr Johnson confided in him that at this point he “though it was over”.

However, during an interview with Mr Johnson said he “never really thought that I wouldn’t come back”.

The Prime Minister was released from St Thomas’ Hospital on April 12.

Seventeen days later Carrie Symonds gave birth to the couple’s son.

Britain has a higher coronavirus death toll than any other country in Europe at over 41,000.

It also has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in the continent with 339,000.

During his Sky News interview Mr Hunt revealed Mr Johnson had “very kindly” offered him a cabinet post.

This was turned down as “I wanted to spend a bit more time with my kinds”.

However, Mr Hunt joked that “after five months with them solidly I’m beginning to question that decision”.

Due to the coronavirus lockdown the British economy shrunk by 20.4 percent between April and June compared to the previous three months.


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