The former Foreign Secretary has drawn up a plan to deliver Brexit within three months. Boris Johnson’s plans include initiatives to boost NHS funding, tackle violent crime, ease the housing crisis and improve transport links, The Sun reported. The firm favourite to be the next Prime Minister has been persuading MPs to support his leadership bid.
According to The Sun, Mr Johnson told one MP: “I’m your lifeline. I’m the only candidate in this contest who can defeat both Nigel Farage and Jeremy Corbyn.
“I’ve beaten Labour’s hard-Left twice in the London mayoral elections – and know I can do it on the national stage, too.
“We also need to deliver a proper Brexit to make sure we get all those people back who drifted off to the Brexit party.
“It’s not enough to beat one just Corbyn. We must defeat Nigel Farage, too, if we are to retain power.”
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Mr Johnson has also spent the last few months detailing his plans for the first three months of leadership.
He previously toppled former Mayor Ken Livingstone in 2008 to become Mayor of London despite it being Labour-leaning.
Mr Johnson was then re-elected four years later.
One MP told The Sun: “Boris acknowledges that Ken is a far better political operator than Jeremy Corbyn.
“Having seen him off twice, he’d have no trouble taking on Jezza. He firmly believes he would smash him at a general election – and I think he’s right.”
While another added: “Boris is absolutely convinced that as a party that we are putting money into the NHS.
“But more importantly, we have got to make sure that the overwhelming majority of it goes straight into frontline services.
“He is determined that people will be able to see a real difference in GP surgery waiting rooms and hospital waiting rooms. A clear promise on the NHS will be right at the top of his list of priorities for swift action and delivery.”