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Boris to unleash bombshells in new book of his time at Number 10

Boris Johnson quizzed on political ambitions in November

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Boris Johnson is penning a memoir about his time as Prime Minister in a fresh headache for Rishi Sunak. Publisher Harper Collins today announced it will release the book by the ex-Tory premier.

Harper Collins publishing director Arabella Pike said: “This will be a Prime Ministerial memoir like no other.

“I look forward to working with Boris Johnson as he writes his account of his time in office during some of the most momentous events the United Kingdom has seen in recent times.”

Mr Johnson’s successor Mr Sunak, who is blamed by some for his former boss’s downfall, is likely to be braced for bombshells.

The Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP was forced out of Downing Street in September following a series of scandals including the partygate saga.

But there is speculation Mr Johnson could make a sensational comeback in the future.

There are suggestions the ex-prime minister could be eyeing up a return if the Tories face a wipeout in the local elections in May.

But he remains under investigation by the Privileges Committee on whether he misled the Commons with comments he made about partygate.

Mr Johnson, who led the Tories to their biggest landslide in decades in 2019, sparked the latest comeback speculation with a speech at the Carlton Club in London last Tuesday where he was unveiling a portrait of himself.

The ex-PM delivered a typically upbeat address extolling the achievements of his time in office but made no mention of his unceremonious ejection from No 10.

Mr Johnson insisted the party, which is floundering behind Labour in the polls, can recover at the ballot box.

He also pointed to his government’s record in delivering Brexit and rolling out the Covid vaccine quicker than other countries.

And he insisted that voters would return to the Conservatives as the one party committed to cutting taxes and that “really believes in Brexit”.

Mr Johnson said: “When people realise this I think the political dynamic is going to change. There is no desire to vote for Keir Starmer, for Sir crasheroonie snoozefest.

“So never give in, keep fighting, keep backing the Government – keep making the case for levelling up, for opportunities and for a dynamic low tax global Britain. That is how we will win again.”

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