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A demotion could be worse for Boris Johnson than a sacking; it would indicate that he hasn’t made the grade at top-level.

That would weigh on the minds of anyone considering supporting him in a leadership challenge.

Ultimately it could kill his political career.

But that does depend on the amount of support he has in the Parliamentary Conservative Party.

If they’ve been keeping an eye on the news and on its commentators, This Writer would say: Not a lot.

Not any more, anyway.

Prime Minister Theresa May signalled in an interview that she might demote Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a Sunday newspaper said, after she faced an open rebellion from within her party this week.

The Sunday Times said it asked May about her plans for Johnson, who has professed loyalty but is accused by some of the prime minister’s allies of undermining her by putting forward his own vision for Britain’s exit from the European Union.

“It has never been my style to hide from a challenge and I‘m not going to start now,” it quoted May as replying, in what it called a signal that she was prepared to bring in new ministers to her cabinet and axe those who had caused her problems.

“I‘m the PM, and part of my job is to make sure I always have the best people in my cabinet, to make the most of the wealth of talent available to me in the party.”

The Observer newspaper said unnamed senior Conservative figures said while May had no long-term future they were pressing her to shake up her team of ministers, hoping new blood would re-energise the party as well as frustrate Johnson’s ambitions.

Source: May signals possible demotion of Boris Johnson – report


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