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Sunak should ‘swallow some pride’ and bring back Johnson, says Kwasi Kwarteng

11 Feb 2024 2 minute read
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak, Image by Leon Neal, PA Images

Rishi Sunak should be “swallowing some pride” and bringing back Boris Johnson to help boost the Tories’ electoral fortunes, ex-chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has said.

Mr Kwarteng, who announced this week that he would be quitting Parliament at the general election, also said the Prime Minister needed to “work on his outreach with backbenchers” to prevent more from standing down.

Electoral force

He told GB News on Sunday: “I’ve always been a big Boris fan. He had a very good success as an electoral force.

“You know, we’re 20 points behind, and the polls haven’t really moved in the last year.

“So, it’s not time to simply say, ‘more of the same’. Something has to change for us to have a chance of winning.

“And if that means swallowing some pride and you’re suppressing a bit of ego by reaching out to someone who’s an approved campaigner then, yeah, then he should do that.”

Dismal polling

Mr Kwarteng, who briefly headed up the Treasury during Liz Truss’ premiership, said that dismal polling for the Tories played into his decision not to stand for re-election.

“I think the fact that we’re facing a difficult election has something to do with it,” he said.

Mr Sunak had not tried to change his mind, he said, adding that he “wouldn’t expect that” as the Prime Minister was “busy”.

But Mr Sunak should “work on his outreach with backbenchers” if he wanted to dissuade others from quitting, Mr Kwarteng suggested.

Mr Kwarteng, who represents Spelthorne, in Surrey, is among more than 50 Conservatives or former Conservatives who have announced their exit at the election later this year.

Coming from the right of the Tory Party, Mr Kwarteng was a key ally of Ms Truss and served as her chancellor for 38 days before he was sacked amid the chaos caused by his tax-cutting mini-budget.


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Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
21 days ago

The Crazy former chancellor Kwarteng who wrecked the economy along with loony liz Truss saying Sunak the P M and former Chancellor who wasted hundreds of Billions of pounds saying he should bring back the MEGA MEGA incompetent buffoon Boris sums up the Tory incompetence 3 names of politicians english at that why we should get out of the U k

Jeff
Jeff
21 days ago

This the same bloke that tanked a country but had a wine and cheese party before budget where there is a good chance people got inside info and made millions shorting the £?

Yeah, jog on kitty.

Steve A Duggan
Steve A Duggan
21 days ago

Yes, Sunak bring back the crazy gang of the last decade! We’ve already got that Cameron guy, drop in old Boris and promise to make Truss the Chancellor, maybe even dig up the old favourire Thatcher – and perhaps they’ll win! It really shows how desperate they are getting!

hdavies15
hdavies15
21 days ago

Kwasi trying to create a new image as strategist ? Shocking first attempt from the boy.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
21 days ago

Doesn’t Fat Shanks Look like Mr Punch probably known to the oligarchs of Italy as little Pulcinella while his pal Dr Morte doesn’t need any introduction. That Kwarteng…him and Truss must have the skin of a Rhino…

Gareth
Gareth
21 days ago

The staggering incompetence of Boris, exposed during the covid enquiery by experts who he refused to listen to, still fresh in the media, and this clown, yes hes a clown, thinks it’s ok to bring Boris back into the fold. So out of touch with the people of Britain, and it would seem reality itself as well. Useless incompetent oaf, are the kindest words I can find for this man.

Rob
Rob
21 days ago

Is this the same Boris Johnson who held wild parties in Downing Street whilst the country was in lockdown? Oh yeah the Conservatives would be on course for another landslide victory if Boris came back as leader.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
21 days ago

Pride was the first word he used, he introduced himself to Parliament as a Proud Hindu, I was taught that pride was a sin so I knew immediately that he had misunderstood his religious education and would therefor be a problem… And low and behold ,with the help of his ministers he has launched a war of Religionism in this country. This has now been extended to include attacks by his ministers against the Christian Faith and not just Islam… We are becoming Modified…while the King is indisposed they attack the essence of his country. This is likely at the… Read more »

Richard
Richard
21 days ago

A physco drama playing out its last act prior to closure. Boris and co will soon have left the buiding – diolch i Dduw ⛔️

Steve Woods
Steve Woods
21 days ago

“I’ve always been a big Boris fan. He had a very good success as an electoral force.”

Disgraced former party-time alleged prime minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson doesn’t give a toss about the electorate. All he cares about is himself, bathing in the adulation if he receives it, but hiding in fridges to escape awkward questions if he doesn’t.

I’d sooner trust a forged £9 note than Johnson.

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