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Right now, Theresa May’s best friend is Boris Johnson

MPs’ fear of a Boris takeover is keeping the PM in office

By Peter Kellner  

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At last, some good news for Theresa May. Boris Johnson’s popularity is growing among grassroots Conservatives. The former Foreign Secretary’s alleged Islamophobia, though troubling for the liberal-minded voter, might cheer her further still.

A prime minister would not normally welcome a boost for a possible assassin and successor; but bear with me while I argue that this time is different.

First, the evidence that Boris is winning back the support of local Tory members. It comes from the Conservative Home website, which regularly polls party members,…

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