A number of parliamentary sources report that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson – currently in Afghanistan to ‘duck’ today’s vote on the expansion of Heathrow Airport, according to even mainstream media – has been frantically demanding a move to a safe seat at the next general election.
The reports – which even a close and extremely well-connected Johnson supporter today declined to deny outright – would appear to make a mockery of recent ‘MSM’ propaganda claiming that the UK has reached ‘peak Corbyn’.
Johnson’s majority in Uxbridge and South Ruislip was halved by the ‘Corbyn surge’ in 2017, reduced from 10,695 in 2015 to just 5,034 last year. While a couple of new and Labour-leaning wards may be added to the constituency by the Tories’ boundary review, the differential voting numbers in a couple wards would not be enough to dramatically affect the arithmetic.
But if the reports are accurate, he thinks there is a serious risk that his majority will disappear altogether at the next general election, which many observers consider may not be all that distant.
Johnson’s parliamentary officer was asked for comment but has not responded.
For all the media’s rather desperate insistence that the UK’s impetus toward a Corbyn government has lessened or stalled, it seems that at least one senior government figure may be seeing through the smokescreen to the real underlying electoral trends and is trying to insure himself against the serious threat to his parliamentary tenure.
The SKWAWKBOX needs your support. This blog is provided free of charge but depends on the generosity of its readers to be viable. If you can afford to, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal. Thanks for your solidarity so this blog can keep bringing you information the Establishment would prefer you not to know about.
If you wish to reblog this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.