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New Statesman: Could Boris Johnson return if Liz Truss fails?


October 05,2022

One Rishi Sunak supporter described Boris Johnson as the “off-the-shelf candidate” to replace Liz Truss – Will he return as Prime Minister?

Anoosh Chakelian is joined by Freddie Hayward, Rachel Wearmouth and Harry Lambert, who are reporting from the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham. They describe a sense of discord and dissent, with Liz Truss’s U-turn on abolishing the top rate of income tax damaging her credibility and emboldening Tory rebels. The team discuss the open speculation by Tory MPs about who might succeed the Prime Minister, including Boris Johnson as an “off the shelf” candidate, and the party’s response to a weak speech by Kwasi Kwarteng, the Chancellor.

Then in You Ask Us a listener asks, will Liz Truss be able to cut benefits?

The New Statesman podcast is now on YouTube. Anoosh Chakelian and New Statesman colleagues including political editor Andrew Marr discuss the latest in UK politics news, helping you understand the forces shaping British politics today. —

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