Boris Johnson, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, walks down Downing Street. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/dpa
The Conservative politician will run in the London constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip, the PA news agency reported on Thursday, citing a “Johnson-related source”. The local conservatives expressed their confidence in the 58-year-old. If Johnson manages to get back into parliament in the vote expected in 2024, he could run again for the leadership of his Conservative Party.
However, the ex-prime minister faces headwind if a parliamentary inquiry reveals that he lied to parliament in the “Partygate” affair about lockdown parties in Downing Street. He was forced to resign in July 2022 following a series of scandals. Since then he has given speeches all over the world for high fees. Most recently, however, he spoke up several times from his constituency, which he has represented since 2015.
All Tory MPs have until Monday to decide whether to run again in 2024, Sky News reported. The opposition Labor Party is currently in the lead in polls. This is one of the reasons why numerous conservatives have already announced that they will not do so. Among them are a striking number of younger MPs such as Dehenna Davison (29), William Wragg (34) and Chloe Smith (40), who served as Labor Minister under short-term Prime Minister Liz Truss. Several Labor MPs have also announced their departure, but their average age is significantly higher.