Johnson refuses to comment on Tory leadership race candidates


Britain’s retiring Prime Minister Boris Johnson declined to comment on candidates competing for his replacement on Monday, suggesting that his support could hurt.

Johnson was forced to resign on July 7, following a series of political failures that culminated in the massive resignation of his cabinet, including the senior minister currently vying for his successor. ..

Johnson announced his resignation, blaming Westminster’s “flock” spirit for expelling him and saying that a “brilliant and Darwinian system” would create an “equally devoted” leader.

In this first public place after resigning on Monday, Johnson was asked if he felt betrayed.

“I don’t want to say any more about it,” the Prime Minister told reporters at the Francis Crick Institute in London.

“The contest is underway … I don’t want to hurt anyone’s chances by providing my support. I just have to ride,” Johnson said, adding that he would continue to fulfill his obligations.

“In the last days or weeks of work, the prime minister’s constitutional function in this situation is to carry out and continue to carry out the mission, and that is what I do,” he said. Said. The purpose of his visit to a biomedical research institute that has just been offered a £ 1 billion ($ 1.19 billion) investment.

“Chemistry [and] Technology, “he said. “Our natural genius in this area is one of many things that will move us forward and ensure that our future is very bright.”

Johnson believes that “whatever happens, whoever takes over, we have a great, great agenda to continue, and we are making very good investments not only in science, but also in infrastructure, skills and technology. I think we, the Conservatives, will be able to continue our program of leveling up and offering for everyone in this country. “

Johnson’s successor process is on track and there are currently 11 candidates competing.

The Backbench MP’s 1922 Committee, which oversees the parliamentary process of the race, will announce the schedule later on Monday.

The Commission is expected to reduce the number of candidates to two by July 21, when Congress begins its summer vacation, before 200,000 Conservatives choose a winner by mail ballot.

Most candidates promised tax cuts for individuals and businesses to mitigate the cost of living crisis and stimulate growth, but resigned on July 5 due to a fundamental difference from Johnson in economic policy. Former Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said[ing] “Comfort the fairy tale” to promise a tax cut after the government spends huge amounts of money during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lily Chow


Lily Zhou is a freelance writer who mainly covers the British news of The Epoch Times.