Boris Johnson is to remain on as a MP despite resigning as Tory leader, HuffPost UK has realized.
There was query mark over whether or not Johnson would proceed because the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip following his dramatic resignation yesterday.
Pundits have speculated that Johnson would vacate his west London seat for a profitable profession writing books and making speeches.
When he was mayor of London Johnson earned £250,00zero every week for writing a column within the Each day Telegraph – one thing he famously dismissed as “rooster feed”.
However a spokesperson for Johnson advised HuffPost UK: “He’s staying as an MP.”
It isn’t but clear whether or not Johnson will contest Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat, which he holds with a majority of seven,210 votes, on the subsequent common election.
In his resignation speech yesterday, Johnson confirmed that he would keep on as PM till the autumn to permit time for a brand new Tory chief to be elected by social gathering members.
His place has angered various Tory MPs who want him to leave immediately and set up a caretaker PM, resembling his deputy Dominic Raab, till a brand new chief is confirmed.
Former Conservative prime minister Sir John Main additionally known as on Johnson to vacate the post of prime minister, saying it will be “unwise” for him to stay whereas his successor is chosen.
In a letter to the Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the backbench Tory 1922 committee, Main mentioned Raab may very well be chosen as an appearing PM.
“The proposal for the prime minister to stay in workplace — for as much as three months – having misplaced the assist of his Cupboard, his authorities and his parliamentary social gathering is unwise, and could also be unsustainable,” he wrote.
“In such a circumstance the prime minister maintains the ability of patronage and, of even larger concern, the ability to make choices which is able to have an effect on the lives of these inside all 4 nations of the UK and additional afield.
“Some will argue that his new Cupboard will restrain him. I merely notice that his earlier Cupboard didn’t — or couldn’t — achieve this.”
Johnson’s official spokesman confirmed as we speak that he wouldn’t step apart to permit Raab to behave as a caretaker PM.
He advised reporters: “The prime minister is appearing in step with conference.
“He stays prime minister till a brand new social gathering chief is in place and the work of presidency will proceed whereas that takes place”.