If May's premiership falters, there are plenty of colleagues in the wingsby Asa Bennett / June 9, 2017 / Leave a comment
Theresa May is digging in her heels in response to calls to stand down following her failure to win a majority in this week’s election. She now hopes to prop up her new Government with support from the Democratic Unionist Party.
Can this arrangement really go the distance? Tory MPs are ready to pounce on their leader if they suspect that she may soften the terms of the Brexit she seeks in order to appease her new Northern Irish allies. If it falters, her premiership—and leadership of the Conservative Party—would soon collapse. So who would be waiting in the wings?
Boris Johnson’s earliest recorded ambition was to be “world king.” Until that position is created, he will settle for being Prime Minister. Michael Gove scuppered his first bid for the job last year at the eleventh hour, but Mr Johnson won’t let him stand in his way again.
Critics of Mr Johnson thought he would single-handedly start a war as Foreign Secretary, but that has not come to pass. The Uxbridge MP’s flamboyance and unique charisma are already well-known. The gravitas he has built up in his cabinet post will bolster his standing in the Tory party, as well as his ability to speak about Brexit with genuine passion.
That doesn’t mean we can expect a Johnson coronation.
He would be the man to beat, a risky position to start off as in a Tory leadership race. Parliamentary tyros like Johnny Mercer could be tempted to offer an altern…