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Boris Johnson hit the Tory campaign with personalized letters to voters – but may not mention Rishi Sunak

Boris Johnson hit the Tory campaign with personalized letters to voters – but may not mention Rishi Sunak
Boris Johnson hit the Tory campaign with personalized letters to voters – but may not mention Rishi Sunak

 


Boris Johnson has been tapped to help the crisis-hit Tory election campaign, but he could yet snub Rishi Sunak.

The former Prime Minister has had tense relations with his ex-chancellor since Mr Sunak's resignation precipitated his departure from Downing Street.

In recent days he has filmed a series of cameo-style videos for individual Conservative candidates who have loyally supported him over the years, including the one who tried to oust Mr Sunak.

He has now parachuted into the disastrous Tory election campaign, which is trying to fend off the threat of Nigel Farage.

Letters urging voters to support the Conservatives, signed by the party's former leader, are expected to arrive at tens of thousands of people's homes later this week.

But a spokesman for Mr Johnson would not comment on whether the letters would mention Mr Sunak, although he described them as supportive.

Letters from Boris Johnson urging voters to support the Conservatives are due to arrive here later this week.
Letters from Boris Johnson urging voters to support the Conservatives are due to arrive here later this week. (Getty)

Asked if they would mention the Prime Minister, he said their content will become clear in due course.

On Monday, Mr Johnson warned that Labor could secure a supermajority in this election.

Although he has made it known he will be out of the country most of the time between now and Election Day, he is also reportedly in talks to make an appearance on the campaign trail.

Mr Sunak said Mr Johnson's support would make a difference.

He said, “He is endorsing many candidates in campaign-coordinated videos and letters. I know it will make a difference.”

In one of his videos last week, the former prime minister said he was passionate about voters should re-elect his ally Sir Simon Clarke, who tried to oust Mr Sunak as leader earlier this year, warning that the party risked an electoral massacre if it remained in power. .

The first video appeared on X, formerly Twitter, just hours after a new poll showed Mr Farages' Reform Party had overtaken the Conservatives for the first time.

Conservatives attempt to fend off threat from Nigel Farages Reform UK (Ben Birchall/PA)
Conservatives attempt to fend off threat from Nigel Farages Reform UK (Ben Birchall/PA) (PA wire)

The Conservatives were placed third in the survey, by the survey institute YouGov, one point behind the Reformed with 18 percent to 19.

The findings come as a blow to Mr Sunak after a gaffe-prone election campaign.

To add to Mr Sunak's woes, while welcoming the endorsement, Sir Simon pointed out that Mr Johnson had won a general election campaign, something the current Prime Minister has not won.

In an article published earlier this year, Sir Simon said Mr Sunak had gone from asset to anchor and the party was facing extinction under his leadership.

Sir Simon said Mr Sunak was not solely responsible for our current predicament, but his uninspiring leadership was the main obstacle to our recovery.

Previously, a minister was forced to insist that it was Mr Sunak, not Mr Johnson, who was driving the Conservative Party forward.

Sky News asked the Agriculture Minister if Mr Johnson was the Conservatives' “antidote” to Mr Farage in this election.

Mark Spencer said: “Boris has been a fantastic Prime Minister, certainly in delivering what he has done for the Covid vaccine, ensuring that he puts us at the forefront in the fight for Ukraine. These are huge accomplishments for the Johnson campaign.

“Borisis is no longer an MP. He has retired from politics and I think now we have a Prime Minister in Rishi Sunak who has steadied the ship, who is taking us forward.

Mr Johnson is currently on vacation in Sardinia, according to a post on his wife Carries' Instagram account.

The Conservative Party has been contacted for comment.

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