Boris Johnson set to take Rishi’s home secretary job

Rishi Sunak supporters have floated the idea of ​​offering Boris Johnson the post of Home Secretary in a bid to win over the Conservative leadership and unite the party.

Two of the first 50 Tory MPs to endorse the former chancellor have voiced support for the idea, with one referring to the proposed Johnson cabinet role uninvited.

A Sunak supporter told the Telegraph: ‘The next Conservative leader needs a team from the top of Cabinet down that reflects the breadth of talent and views in the Conservative Party.

“I personally think that means Rishi should offer both Penny [Mordaunt] and Boris positions in this team. Boris would be an excellent Home Secretary – able to finally address the issue of illegal cross-Channel migration he’s been talking about for years.

A second, asked about the idea of ​​Mr Johnson being offered the Home Office, said: ‘I think we have to do anything to keep the party together. I would accept anything.

Horrified

However, other Sunak supporters were horrified at the prospect of offering Mr Johnson a cabinet role. “He is under formal investigation for misleading the House. Have people forgotten that? one says.

The fact that the idea is even being floated reflects the strength of the feeling among many MPs that whoever wins the contest will somehow have to try to muster all the wings of the party.

As The Telegraph reported on Friday, the Johnson camp is also open to striking a pact with Mr Sunak, despite the couple’s dramatic falling apart earlier this year.

The idea that MM. Johnson and Sunak working together in Cabinet will seem fanciful to some Tory colleagues, given their latter’s role in overthrowing the former.

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It is also unclear whether the former prime minister would accept a cabinet post. No modern day prime minister has done that.

Mr Sunak resigned as Chancellor on the same day as Sajid Javid, then Home Secretary, in July, sparking the mass ministerial resignations that toppled Mr Johnson 48 hours later.

The Prime Minister’s allies then repeatedly attacked Mr Sunak as a backstabber who betrayed Mr Johnson during a summer Tory leadership campaign.

The race to succeed Liz Truss remains in flux, with no leadership nominee publicly declared as of midday Friday and much speculation about possible behind-the-scenes deals.

Dramatic return

Mr Johnson, who is expected to fly in from the Caribbean as he plans to go public with his ambitions for a dramatic return to Downing Street, has seen his support for the MP top 35.

However, he faces a battle to cross the 100 MP threshold needed to make the first vote, with supporters publicly declaring he will get there but critics predicting he will miss.

The former prime minister’s decision to publicly declare himself in the race may be tied to whether he will reach the 100 MP figure.

Launching a bid and not reaching the first round would be a blow for a politician who has always structured his appeal in part around the ability to win votes.

Mr Sunak and Mr Johnson each had more than double the public support of MPs for Ms Mordaunt, the leader of the House of Commons, as of midday on Friday.

Kemi Badenoch, International Trade Secretary, and Suella Braverman, who left her post as Home Secretary, were both struggling to find parliamentary support, The Telegraph has learned.

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It means the Conservative Party right was once again struggling to agree on a single candidate to rally around, in early signs the dynamic of the summer race will repeat itself.

Candidates must reach 100 Tory MP nominations by 2 p.m. Monday to make the first ballot. If more than two candidates remain in the running by the end of Monday, Conservative members will be able to vote online next week, with the result announced on Friday.