Johnson was forced to step down as PM earlier this year over allegations of Covid-19 lockdown violations, following which Liz Truss took over.
Boris Johnson was forced to step down as UK PM over allegations of Covid-19 lockdown violations (File)
By India Today Web Desk: Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is likely to enter the contest to choose a Conservative Party leader to replace Liz Truss, who resigned this evening, news agency Reuters said, quoting a Times report. Johnson was forced to step down as PM earlier this year over allegations of Covid-19 lockdown violations, following which Liz Truss took over.
“He’s taking soundings but is said to believe it is a matter of national interest,” The Times’s political editor Steven Swinford said on Twitter.
UK Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned on Thursday, bringing an end to a controversial reign amid fallout over her ambitious tax cut policy.
“I recognise, given the situation, I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected. I have spoken to King Charles to notify him I’m resigning as leader of the Conservative Party,” Truss said.
In a bid to survive the political crisis, Truss had ripped up the mini-budget that caused turmoil in financial markets and replaced Kwasi Kwarteng as chancellor with Conservative leader Jeremy Hunt. The cost of government borrowing rose and the pound fell further following her press conference announcing the changes.