More than 2,000 Conservative Party members have written to the party’s chairman to demand Boris Johnson be included as an option on the leadership ballot. The members wrote to express support for a petition organised by Tory donor Lord Cruddas and former Conservative MEP David Campbell-Bannerman.
It proposes that Mr Johnson is included on the final ballot to ensure the winner has “integrity” and “the backing of the membership”.
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Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Lord Cruddas said: “The membership wants the option of voting for Boris on the final ballot.
“We think it is only fair because Boris was the members’ choice back in 2019 and he has been constructively removed by the Parliamentary Party without referral to the membership.
“By adding Boris to the final ballot to make it a three-horse race means that the winner will have the backing of the membership.
“There will be no ambiguity around the result and the final choice of leader will have integrity.”
He will remain in his post until September when the contest to elect his replacement is due to conclude.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and former Chancellor Rishi Sunak have been chosen as the final two candidates in the leadership contest.
Ms Truss and Mr Sunak will now go head to head in a series of 12 hustings across the country between July 28 and August 31 and two televised debates.
A new Prime Minister will be announced on September 5 after around 160,000 Tory members have voted.
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