Tory leader LIVE: Boris ‘determined’ to promote Truss and Morgan in major Cabinet shake-up

Posted on Jul 20 2019 - 9:03pm by admin

The former foreign secretary is widely expected to defeat Jeremy Hunt when the result of the vote from the 160,000 Conservative party membership is announced on Tuesday. Mr Johnson is understood to be “determined” to give senior roles for Liz Truss and Nicky Morgan is his Cabinet as he begins a major shake-up of Theresa May’s frontbenches. According to allies of Mr Johnson, Ms Truss’ “anti-establishment” persona is set to be rewarded by becoming Chancellor – seeing off fierce competition from Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

One source told the Daily Mail: “The reason it could be Liz is Boris is, like Liz, quite anti-convention and anti-establishment. She doesn’t like the nanny state and neither does he.

“He likes rebelling against convention. Liz is the same. They share a libertarian streak. Liz would be loyal to him.”

Whilst Nicky Morgan – a former Education Secretary, is set to see a return in a senior Cabinet role.

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Tory leader: Boris Johnson is set to give Cabinet roles to Liz Truss and Nicky Morgan (Image: GETTY)

Another insider of the Johnson camp said: “Nicky is pragmatic, she’s competent and she’s a One Nation Tory who’s adapted to Brexit.”

Others believed to be in the frame for a job include leading Brexiteer’s Esther McVey and Priti Patel.

Over the weekend Mr Johnson will mull over his appointments and is determined to create a team which can “unite the party and the country”.

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Tory leader: Boris Johnson is widely expected to defeat Jeremy Hunt (Image: REUTERS)

Another ally of Mr Johnson said: “We have to unite the party and the country. We have to demonstrate from day one, not just in your speech but in what you do and how you structure your Cabinet.

He wants to show generosity of spirit and magnanimity and that everyone can do their job competently.”


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Tory leader: Liz Truss is in the frame to become Chancellor (Image: GETTY)

3.45pm update: Brexiteer outlines how Boris will deliver Brexit in bold prediction

Brexiteer Tom Harwood has made a detailed prediction how Tory leadership frontrunner will deliver Brexit and united the country.

Mr Harwood speaking on BBC Newsnight said: “We attempt a renegotiation with Europe.

“Initially, they say no because we’re leaving no deal on the table as a credible threat.

“Eventually, at the last possible minute, some concessions are granted, particularly around the Irish backstop and that leads to a new deal being presented to Parliament, which with the help of about 30 Labour MPs, and the DUP bill passes and we leave the EU on October 31.

“And then Prime Minister Boris Johnson is governing the country but at this point he has a working majority of in the House of Commons of just three MPs.

“Governing becomes almost impossible.

“He calls a general election and delivers the first decent win majority since 1987.“

READ MORE: Brexiteer makes brilliant prediction on how Boris Johnson will beat the EU and Labour

2.30pm update: Boris set to move Carrie Symonds into Downing Street

Boris Johnson is ready to move girlfriend Carrie Symonds into Downing Street if he wins the Tory leadership contest on Tuesday, insiders have revealed.

The frontrunner to succeed Theresa May, is the overwhelming favourite to be chosen by the 160,000 strong Tory membership and defeat Jeremy Hunt.

Mr Johnson, 55, and Ms Symonds, 35, could move into the famous residence as early as Wednesday – after Mrs May formally meets the Queen to ends her time in office and recommends her successor to her Majesty.

If Mr Johnson get his hands on the keys to Downing Street, the former London Mayor and Ms Symonds will make a piece of history by becoming the first unmarried couple to live in Number 10.

A friend of the couple told The Sun: “They’ve been living together a while and have agreed it will carry on if he wins on Tuesday.”

READ MORE: Boris Johnson set to live WITH Carrie Symonds in Number 10 if he becomes PM

1.45pm update ‘Bad job’ Trump criticises Theresa May’s Brexit ‘disaster’ and hails Johnson as PM

Donald Trump has stuck the boot into outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May, saying she has done a “bad job” as British leader – while heaping praise on Boris Johnson before he has even been given the nod to succeed her.

The US President tipped Mr Johnson to fix her Brexit “disaster”, even though the result of the Conservative Party leadership contest has not even been announced yet.

Mr Trump, who has made no secret of his support for the former London Mayor’s candidacy, was speaking after a telephone conversation with Mr Johnson.

He told reporters in Washington: “I spoke to him yesterday, I think he’s going to do a great job, I think we’re going to have a great relationship.

“I think the previous prime minister has done a very bad job with Brexit – what can I say, it’s a disaster.

“It shouldn’t be that way. I think Boris will straighten it out.”

READ MORE: ‘Bad job’ Trump criticises Theresa May’s Brexit ‘disaster’ and hails Johnson as PM

12.30pm update: Boris ‘baby blimp’ flies over London

Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson is the latest politician to get the ‘baby blimp’ treatment over central London this afternoon.

The ‘Boris Blimp’ has been flown over Parliament Square by anti-Brexit protesters.

The inflatable depicts the former Mayor of London as a baby whilst wearing a T-shirt with a red bus along with the slogan £350m.

Tom Brufatto, chair of Britain for Europe, who organised the rally stated Mr Johnson has spoken “so much hot air on Brexit” and has hit out at the prospect of parliament being shut down to railroad a no deal Brexit.

Mr Brufatto said: “The Boris Blimp might seem a bit of lighthearted fun but it carries a serious message. We will not allow Boris Johnson to float into No 10 on a favourable tailwind, or have the summer off, unopposed, after so much hot air on Brexit, with so much at stake.”

He added: “His utter contempt for British democracy, signalled by his willingness to shut down parliament, must be challenged as he’s about to receive the keys to No 10.”

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Tory leader: A ‘Boris blimp’ has been flown by protestors over parliament square (Image: PA)

11.50am update: May vows to do ‘everything I can’ to support next Government

Theresa May has vowed to remain loyal to her successor as prime minister, as she prepares to step aside for either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt.

The outgoing Prime Minister said she would do “everything I can” to ensure there is a Conservative government, and confirmed that she had voted in the final round of the Tory leadership contest.

Mrs May was asked whether she would remain loyal to her successor, she said: “Absolutely. It is important that we have a Conservative government, particularly given the nature of the opposition we have at the moment.

“I will be doing everything I can to make sure that we have a Conservative government.”

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Tory leader: Theresa May has vowed to remain loyal to her successor (Image: PA)

11.20am update: Rees-Mogg vows to do ‘anything’ to help Boris

Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he “would do anything I could” to help Boris Johnson if he wins the Tory leadership contest.

Mr Rees-Mogg did not confirm whether he had been offered a role put instead he would be willing to serve from either the front or back benches.

The European Research Group (ERG) chairman responding to a caller called Ken on his LBC phone-in, said: “I don’t know if he does, but, of course, Ken if Boris asked me to serve, of course, I would.

“I would do anything I could to help him. If he wanted me to do that in one way then I would do it.

“If he wanted me to remain on the backbenches and support him from there I would do that too.

“I have been backing him for a long time and have done so with increasing enthusiasm.

“I think he is absolutely the right answer, so I am there to help him if he needs my help.”

READ MORE: Jacob Rees-Mogg told to ‘serve his country’ and help Boris deliver Brexit – ‘He wants you’

Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he “would do anything I could” to help Boris Johnson

Tory leader: Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he “would do anything I could” to help Boris Johnson (Image: REUTERS)

10.45am update: EU to offer Boris shock no deal extension

The European Union is set to offer Boris Johnson a no deal Brexit extension if he wins the Tory leadership contest.

Brussels has described the reported offer as a “technical delay” as Mr Johnson faces a huge challenge to win over the backing of parliament for any Brexit deal.

A senior EU diplomat told the Guardian: “It will be described as a technical delay to save Boris from political embarrassment but then we will have time to find an agreement.”

Britain is currently due to leave the bloc on October 31.

10.30am update: Boris set to bring back Brexiteer David Davis to Government

Boris Johnson is set to bring back former Brexit Secretary, David Davis, to the Cabinet if he become the next Prime Minister.

The pair of Brexiteer’s resigned from their posts in Theresa May’s Government following the infamous Chequers meeting last summer.

However, Mr Davis is understood to only be interested in a senior position within Mr Johnson’s Government.

A source told the Daily Telegraph: “Boris wants David back but knows he will not take a job below the top rank of great offices of state.

“There’s a bond between them, a Chequers connection.

“Boris appreciates the fact that while the rest of the Cabinet sat on their hands over the deal, David did the honourable thing.”

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