A snap overnight poll has shown a staggering 99% of Conservative Members would vote for Prime Minister Boris Johnson if his name was on the ballot for the party leadership race.
The next Conservative leader is currently being selected by a process initially run by MPs before the final two are put in front of the party’s 200,000 members to select a winner.
Overnight 361 Conservative Party members responded to the Conservative Post’s poll of which 356 respondents (99%) said they would vote for Boris Johnson if he was on the ballot and 5 (1%) said they wouldn’t.
All poll participants on the Conservative Post were required to enter their Conservative Party membership number or address so they could be checked they were indeed a member before voting.
Over the weekend Conservative party donors were also allegedly asking if there is any way Boris Johnson can be put forward as a candidate on the ballot for choosing the country’s new Conservative Leader.
Although it appears to go against Parliamentary rules, donors are not happy and reportedly asking if there is any way Boris Johnson can remain as PM.
The Prime Minister was forced to step down as leader of the Conservative Party last week following the high profile resignations of Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid. The resignations from a number of MPs and politicians then followed suit.
Even though Boris has resigned as leader of the Conservative Party, he remains in place as Prime Minister until a new leader is decided.
The process to appoint a new leader has already begun but Conservative donors are reportedly looking for ways to keep Mr Johnson in the top job.
On Saturday the former deputy editor of The Spectator and Mr Johnson’s former flame Petronella Wyatt, tweeted to claim he would be resigning as Prime Minister today (Monday) in order to stand as a candidate.
Downing Street was quick to deny Ms Wyatt’s claims and said Boris is not looking into ways to stand as a candidate in the race to decide the next Prime Minister. The next day Ms Wyatt raised more eyebrows when she tweeted: “I should point out, now that Number 10 have issued strenuous denials, that my tweet was, er, a joke.”
However, the party is coming under huge pressure from all sides from members and also high profile Conservative donors who are looking at ways of keeping Boris in the top job according to a source who said: “The Conservative donors aren’t happy and they’re asking questions. There has been no mandate from the people to remove Boris and everyone has been inundated by disgruntled party members.”
Another blamed the media and Remainers for getting rid of the Prime Minister telling the Mail on Sunday: “That Johnson has been got at by the blob, Remainers and BBC.”
According to the source there is a feeling in the Conservative camp of ‘remorse.’ One saying: “Donors have been saying they have buyers’ remorse. There is a feeling that we have lost this extraordinary politician.”
According to the Telegraph, nominations for leader must be submitted to Sir Graham Brady, the 1922 chairman, by 6pm on Tuesday, July 12. All candidates must receive the backing of 20 MPs – that is 18 MPs, a proposer and a seconder – to enter the race.
Then voting is due to start on Wednesday, July 13, after Prime Minister’s Questions and run from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, with a result announced that early evening.
All 200,000 Conservative party members will then be asked to vote for their choice to be leader by post by late August.
The winner will be announced on Monday, Sept 5.