Demands for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to be reinstated as Conservative party leader are ramping up with more than 8000 Conservative members now demanding a vote on the matter.
The Conservative Post’s ‘Boris on the Ballot’ petition was launched on Monday evening (18 July 2022) where it has since racked up more than 8000 member signatures in just over four days.
Conservative party members are required to enter proof of membership in order to sign the petition which is then immediately sent to Conservative Party Chairmen Ben Elliot and Rt Hon Andrew Stephenson MP.
The petition is also being backed by Conservative party donor Lord Cruddas and former Conservative MEP David Campbell Bannerman.
Billionaire Lord Cruddas, who is also a former party treasurer and author of the bestselling autobiography Passport to Success: From Milkman to Mayfair, explained:
“The membership are very upset about what has happened to our elected leader and we demand our say.”
Mr Bannerman, who is the chair of two Conservative associations and related to former Prime Minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman, added:
“The heat on the board is intense because you are destroying an election winner. It’s suicidal for the Tory party. You are guaranteeing a Labour victory.
“The members deserve the choice of whether to retain Boris as Leader or to dismiss him. Democracy demands a separate Boris ballot.”
Conservative MPs such as Michael Fabricant are now also joining the campaign. Mr Fabricant telling The Telegraph:
“MPs have clearly misread the mood of the party membership on this and so many other matters.
“If I thought Boris were keen – despite the treachery of his ministers – to carry on, I would support Peter Cruddas’s campaign in the blink of an eye.”
Another Cabinet minister reportedly told the Telegraph:
“There is complete and utter despair and disbelief at what has happened.
“It is no wonder that the grassroots members feel their voices have been cancelled out by a minority in the Parliamentary party.
“These are the same people who year after year, decade after decade, have chosen to silence the membership of the Conservative Party for their own preferment and betterment. And that is wrong.”
The last prime minister to serve a second term after being removed from office was Labour’s Harold Wilson, and before that Boris Johnson’s hero Winston Churchill, who served 1940 to 1945, and then again in 1951 to 1955.
Boris Johnson has already hinted at a return to the political front line as he said farewell to MPs this week in the House of Commons with the phrase “hasta la vista, baby.”