Carrie Johnson ‘DID convince her husband Boris to quit’ amid deluge of ministerial resignations: Ousted PM’s wife told him ‘the game’s up’ the night before he finally packed it in
- PM’s wife reportedly urged Johnson to resign as she knew ‘the game was up’
- Ex-Conservative HQ staffer Carrie is said to have ended PM’s ‘state of denial’
- Whitehall source claimed it was Mr Johnson’s last conversation before decision
- ‘Boris talked through his predicament with Carrie, who has astute political brain’
Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie reportedly persuaded him to step down as prime minister, telling him ‘the game was up’ after a slew of bruising Cabinet resignations.
Ex-Conservative party staffer Carrie Johnson ended her husband’s ‘state of denial’ with a frank conversation on Wednesday evening, one Whitehall insider claimed.
On Thursday morning, Mr Johnson told aides he would quit.
Downing Street officials informed the BBC’s Today programme of his intentions that morning, with the No 10 resignation speech taking place at lunchtime.
Carrie is pictured holding baby Romy next to Nadine Dorries as they await the PM’s speech
The Whitehall source said that at 11pm on Wednesday, the PM went up to his flat to spend the night with Carrie, son Wilf, 2, and baby daughter Romy.
They told The Sunday Mirror: ‘Boris then talked through his predicament with Carrie who has an astute political brain. She told him she thought the game was up, but they agreed to sleep on it.
‘The PM had been angry all day. In a real state of denial and determined to stick in. He kept going on about his personal mandate like a broken record.
‘The press team had taken the phones off the hook by mid-afternoon because they said it was unfair for anyone to have to go out and defend him.’
Race for PM: Who are the bookies’ favourites?
1 Rishi Sunak
Best odds: 6/5
2 Penny Mordaunt
Best odds: 4/1
3 Liz Truss
Best odds: 5/1
4 Tom Tugendhat
Best odds: 7/1
= 5 Nadhim Zahawi
Best odds: 12/1
= 5 Jeremy Hunt
Best odds: 12/1
7 Sajid Javid
Best odds: 14/1
= 8 Suella Braverman
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= 8 Kemi Badenoch
Best odds: 16/1
10 Grant Shapps
Best odds: 20/1
It was the same brutal but loving advice given Margaret Thatcher by her husband Denis in November 1990.
Journalist and Mr Johnson’s ex-girlfriend Petronella Wyatt explosively tweeted today that Boris would himself enter the Tory leadership contest.
That would be an apparent violation of 1922 Committee rules.
Number Ten slapped down the rumour, telling the media: ‘Not true.’
Foreign secretary Liz Truss, newly installed chancellor Nadim Zahawi and transport secretary Grant Shapps all entered the Tory leadership race today.
They joined ex-chancellor Rishi Sunak, foreign affairs committee chair Tom Tugendhat, attorney general Suella Braverman ex-levelling up secretary Kemi Badenoch, who already launched bids.
Earlier, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said that after ‘careful consideration’ and discussion with colleagues and family, he would not stand to be party leader and the next prime minister.
Other potential front-runners include trade minister Penny Mordaunt and former health secretaries Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt.
Tory MP Mark Francois has said he believes at least 12 people will put their names forward.
He told GB News: ‘It looks like this is going to be the Grand National but without the fences, so we are probably heading for at least a dozen candidates at the moment.’
Launching his campaign in The Sunday Times, Mr Shapps said he wants to rebuild the economy so it is the biggest in Europe by 2050, and address the cost-of-living crisis.
The newspaper said it is anticipated that he will launch his campaign website, as well as list his supporters, in the coming hours.
Ms Badenoch announced her bid in The Times, with a plan for a smaller state and a Government ‘focused on the essentials’.
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