Boris Johnson has reached 100 supporters ahead of Monday’s election announcement, his allies have claimed.
The former Prime Minister landed in London this morning ahead of an expected official launch of his leadership bid.
Now it seems he has enough support to face Rishi Sunak in the final race for the number 10 spot.
James Duddridge MP tweeted: “New – Boris Johnson has over 100 supporters.”
However, given that the names of the backers have not been released, the claim will lead to speculation as to whether the announcement is aimed at putting pressure on other candidates.
Meanwhile, Mr Sunak’s allies say he has also crossed the 100 supporters threshold.
On Friday night, his supporters claimed he had the numbers needed to reach the threshold.
But Mr Sunak has been urged by some Conservatives to “get back together” with Mr Johnson – despite their tumultuous past.
Mr Johnson’s father, Stanley Johnson, predicted today that his son would be ready and willing to return to fight his way up to No. 10.
Speaking to GB News, he said: “I think he’s going to say his name and I think he’s going to beat Rishi Sunak straight.
“And I want to say, and I’m going to disclose that now for the first time, when I get my vote, my electronic password, I’m going to vote for Boris because I think he’s going to do the things that I care about, Europe , Environment, Peace in Our Time and Net Zero.’
Mr Johnson has so far won the support of six Cabinet ministers including Ben Wallace, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Simon Clarke, Chris Heaton-Harris, Alok Sharma and Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
Penny Mordaunt, who announced her leadership bid yesterday, is believed to have fewer supporters than Mr Sunak and Mr Johnson.
Like the former Chancellor, she is beginning her second attempt for the lead after being booted out of the last race in 10th place.
Ms Mordaunt supported Ms Truss against Mr Sunak as the pair were placed in front of party members for the crucial vote.
She was rewarded with her appointment as both Commons Leader and Lord President of the Council, raising her profile as the second most important government figure involved in the proclamation of King Charles.
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