The Conservative Post’s Bring Back Boris petition, which was initially launched in October has now reached a staggering 35,601 signatures from Conservative Party members and supporters.

The petition was set up after the Conservative Post was inundated with requests from readers who say returning Mr Johnson to Number 10 is the only way of saving the party from an electoral catastrophe at the next General Election.

In the summer the Conservative Post also ran the original Boris Ballot with Lord Peter Cruddas and Alex Story which managed get a National Convention on the back of at least 10,000 verified Conservative Party members signing it. The National Convention is due to be held in January and will raise questions as to whether members should have more say in the running of the Party.

Lord Cruddas, David Campbell-Bannerman and the Conservative Post have also since set up the CDO (Conservative Democratic Organisation), a campaign group that says it will fight for democracy in the Party to give the members more say.

The CDO’s leadership team boasts an all star line-up of political movers and shakers including former Home Secretary Priti Patel, political commentator Alex Story, constitutional expert Mike Rouse and top advisory barristers Steven Barrett and Paul Diamond.

But this latest Conservative Post petition, already signed by more than 35,000 supporters demand Mr Johnson is actually “reinstated into his rightful position” now to lead the Conservatives into the next General Election. If it can be proved it’s been signed by more than 10,000 actual party members, as per the constitution it could force a second National Convention next year triggering a vote.

Conservative Post Founder and Editor Claire Bullivant who set up the petition explains: “This isn’t about Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Many of us think he’s a fine politician. But we have to listen to our readers… and just look at the polling numbers. People are certainly worried and not a day goes past without us receiving emails and messages from our readers demanding a return of Boris. They are saying in their thousands the only way the party will survive and stop Keir Starmer getting the keys to Downing Street is to get Boris back.”

Boris Johnson supporters had their hopes raised when there was the possibility of him returning to Number 10 in October following Liz Truss’ resignation. Indeed, Mr Johnson received the backing of 110 Conservative colleagues in the Commons and polls showed he would have won the members vote against Rishi. Although much to the disappointment of his closest political friends and supporters, Mr Johnson pulled out of the race amid concerns he would not be able to unite Conservative MPs. A Downing Street source said: “Rishi’s MPs would have made life impossible for him. So Boris did what he thought was best for the country and stepped aside for the time being.”

However, with Conservative Party polling now at an almost all time low, members and supporters are calling for Mr Johnson’s return as the only way of keeping Keir Starmer and the Labour Party out of Number 10.

If you want to bring back Boris, please sign the petition that will be presented to CCHQ in January.

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, petition the Conservative & Unionist Party to Bring Back Boris Johnson as the leader of our party and Prime Minister of this country. 

After being voted for by 14 million people and giving our party an 80 seat majority, our democratically elected Prime Minister Boris Johnson was undemocratically ousted by a small cabal of MPs.  

We the undersigned believe Boris is the only person who can save us from electoral catastrophe at the next General Election and demand he be given the opportunity to see out the manifesto we the people voted for.  

You the party need us to deliver your leaflets, knock on doors, donate funds and spread your messages. You need us to get out and vote for you. The only way the party is going to survive now is if you bring back the leader we want, we support and we will stand behind. 

We hereby demand Boris Johnson is reinstated into his rightful position to lead our party into the next General Election and deliver Great Britain a great future.

Bring Back Boris

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Photo credit: Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street earlier this year. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

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