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Boris Johnson refuses to rule out a comeback as he embarks on his farewell tour of the UK in the final week as Prime Minister

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Goodbye… but no goodbye? Boris Johnson refuses to rule out a political comeback as he embarks on his farewell tour of Britain in his final week as prime minister

  • Boris Johnson refuses to rule out a political comeback as he embarks on a farewell tour of Britain
  • The outgoing prime minister refuses to answer questions about what he will do when he leaves number 10 next week
  • It has recently been suggested that Mr Johnson hopes for a speedy return to the political frontline

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Boris Johnson refused to rule out a political comeback today as he embarked on a farewell tour of Britain in his final week as prime minister.

During a visit to North Dorset, Mr Johnson declined to answer questions about what he would do if he leaves number 10 in a week.

It has recently been suggested that the outgoing prime minister hopes for a speedy return to the political front.

There are also claims that he could try to make a major intervention once the Conservative Party conference takes place in October.

But – speaking to reporters at a site where gigabit-capable broadband is being rolled out as part of a £5bn government plan – Mr Johnson seized an opportunity to outline his plans for the future.

The prime minister insisted voters were “more interested in their gigabit broadband than in the fate of this or that politician.”

Boris Johnson declined to answer questions about what he would do if he leaves number 10 in a week

The Prime Minister visited a site in North Devon where gigabit-capable broadband is being rolled out as part of a £5bn government plan

The Prime Minister visited a site in North Devon where gigabit-capable broadband is being rolled out as part of a £5bn government plan

Mr Johnson was joined on his journey to the South West by Culture Minister Nadine Dorries, one of his loyalist supporters

Mr Johnson was joined on his journey to the South West by Culture Minister Nadine Dorries, one of his loyalist supporters

The Prime Minister and Mrs Dorries both stepped into the cab of a mole squad during their visit to Henbury Farm

The Prime Minister and Mrs Dorries both stepped into the cab of a mole squad during their visit to Henbury Farm

Mr Johnson’s journey to north Devon – for which he was joined by Culture Minister Nadine Dorries – came at the start of what is expected to be a series of visits by the Prime Minister to the UK during his last days in office.

As well as welcoming his government’s progress in rolling out gigabit broadband, the prime minister will use his farewell tour this week to focus on his government’s efforts to deliver on other commitments made in the Tory Manifesto, such as increasing the police force.

Johnson diligently avoided hinting this afternoon as to what he was up to with his life outside of number 10 — including whether he wanted to make a comeback, whether he’d settle for a seat in the backseat of the Tory, or maybe he might go all out. quit politics.

He said: ‘I think people are more interested – I humbly submit to you, you can disagree if you want – I think in general people in this country are more interested in their gigabit broadband than they are in the lot of this or that politician.

“My job, which I’ve been very proud of for the past few years, is to do what I said I was going to do.

“I said we would try to get up to 85 percent gigabit broadband or 100 percent gigabit broadband. We went from 7 percent when I started to 70 percent in three years, despite Covid. That’s not half bad in my opinion.’

Johnson also declined to give himself a score out of 10 for his record as prime minister.

It has recently been suggested that the outgoing prime minister hopes for a speedy return to the political front.

It has recently been suggested that the outgoing prime minister hopes for a speedy return to the political front.

Johnson stressed today that voters were 'more interested in their gigabit broadband than in the fate of this or that politician'

Johnson stressed today that voters were ‘more interested in their gigabit broadband than in the fate of this or that politician’

The Prime Minister is expected to make a series of visits to the UK this week during his last days in office

The Prime Minister is expected to make a series of visits to the UK this week during his last days in office

One of Mr Johnson’s immediate tasks after being ousted from No10 by a Tory uprising this summer was to find a new place to live, with reports recently suggesting that he and his wife Carrie are looking for a new home in Herne Hill in South London.

The prime minister’s demise was ultimately caused by a spat sparked by allegations of inappropriate behavior by former Tory deputy head whip Chris Pincher.

Asked if he regrets the way allegations of misconduct have been handled, Mr Johnson said: “All those things need to be handled carefully and sensitively and we have procedures in place to deal with them, and people who have complaints, should bring these up in the normal way.’

Secretary of State Liz Truss or ex-Chancellor Rishi Sunak will be announced Monday as Johnson’s successor as Tory leader.

They are then expected to be formally appointed as the new prime minister on Tuesday.

Yesterday, a leading critic of Johnson claimed the outgoing prime minister would try to return to power with a “populist” comeback, similar to Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi.

Ex Cabinet Secretary Rory Stewart suggested Mr Johnson’s “extraordinary ego” means he hopes for a second spell in issue 10.

The former Tory MP suggested Johnson could try to copy Berlusconi – the controversial politician who had three separate stints as Italy’s prime minister, despite persistent scandals such as ‘bunga bunga’ sex parties.

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