Despite two by-election strikes on the same day, brazen Boris Johnson says he is actively considering staying in Downing Street much, much longer
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The brazen Boris Johnson has said he is “actively” considering a THIRD term – which would last until “the mid-2030s”.
Despite two by-election punches, the shameless prime minister claimed questions about his leadership were “settled” and declared he would win the next general election.
“Will I win? Yes,” he said of a 2024 poll.
And when asked by the Sunday Mirror if he still wants to serve a full second term by 2028 or 2029, he boasted: ‘Look, right now I’m actively considering the third term.
“And you know what could happen then. But I’ll check that out when I get around to it.”
When asked exactly what he was thinking about, he told reporters during a Commonwealth summit in Rwanda: “About the third term — you mean that’s the mid-2030s.”
Boris Johnson has only been prime minister since July 2019, shorter than Theresa May, and is in his first full term following the December 2019 election.
The percentage of Brits who say he is unwell has risen from 37% to 69% in that time, according to YouGov.
The Prime Minister said his alignment project was “colossal” and “not easy to accomplish”, adding: “It will take time. And I want to continue to push that forward.”
When asked if he couldn’t do leveling in two terms, he replied, “It depends on what you mean by that…
“Of course it won’t be done overnight, but it’s a big project and we’re making significant progress.”
Weeks ago, 41% of Tory MPs voted to oust Boris Johnson – keeping him safe from another no-confidence vote until June 2023.
Anger has now flared up again among Tory rebels who plan to change the rules to force another voter earlier – possibly in December.
But Boris Johnson suggested he would turn away the “men in gray suits,” a nickname for MPs who ousted Margaret Thatcher, when they came to his door.
He said: “I love my colleagues but I would respectfully urge them … golden rule of politics, Johnson’s number one rule, the more we talk about Westminster politics the more irritating it is for voters.”
He also resisted calls for change after a series of ethics scandals, saying “some kind of psychological transformation” will “not take place”.
When asked if he would fight for a second no-confidence vote, he replied: “What?! We just had one of those things.” When asked if the issue was now “closed,” he replied, “Yes.”
Before Partygate and other scandals broke, colleagues said the prime minister wanted to outlast the Iron Lady’s 11 years, and he told a newspaper his vision would last a decade.
Speaking in Rwanda on Saturday, the prime minister blamed an “endless barrage of news” about “things I’ve stuffed” for the disastrous defeats in this week’s Tiverton & Honiton and Wakefield by-elections.
A majority of 24,000 was ousted by Lib Dems in Tiverton – the worst Tory defeat in by-election history – while Labor recaptured the Wakefield seat lost in 2019.
Party leader Oliver Dowden resigned with a 5.30am phone call to the prime minister on Friday after exiting a Rwandan swimming pool, saying “someone has to take responsibility”.
However, Mr Johnson said on Saturday: “I think the lesson I am taking from the Tiverton and Wakefield by-elections is a very simple one.
I think people got tired of hearing about stuff I stuffed or supposedly stuffed or whatever.
“This endless, perfectly legitimate, but endless barrage of news about a certain kind of news about a kind of thing.
“And they wanted me to get on with the work, and we’re going to do that, I’m going to do that.”
The Prime Minister said it was a “reasonable question” whether voters had fallen out of love with him, but said: “It’s not about me, it’s about them!”
“Because what drives people crazy is this endless amount of stuff about things I should have filled in or whatever about my colleagues, their view of me, my character, the leadership, Tory blah blah.
“And what they want to hear is what the plan for the cost of living is?
“What is the plan for a stronger economy? What is the plan to organize my commute to work? What is the plan to help my children own a home to provide them with the housing they need?
“What is the plan to move the country forward? What is the plan to take advantage of Brexit?
“That’s, I think, what people will see.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-says-wants-third-27327549 Boris Johnson is considering THIRD term that would keep him in power until the mid-2030s