Boris Johnson urged to stay in office: ‘The longer he stays the better for all of us’ | Politics | New
Tory MPs have come into the leadership race to find Mr Johnson’s successor after he resigned on July 7. Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee of backbenchers, announced that a new Prime Minister would take office on September 5.
Mr Johnson has said he will remain Prime Minister while his replacement is chosen.
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During the leadership race, he will retain the duties of Prime Minister.
However, some MPs have called on him to step down and allow his deputy, Dominic Raab, to oversee the transition process.
Tory MP for West Dorset Chris Loder tweeted on July 7: “I’m afraid Boris Johnson can’t stay until the fall.
“The government cannot function without ministers in place and I expect the Deputy Prime Minister to take over imminently while a leadership election takes place.”
As a result, Express.co.uk asked readers whether Mr Johnson should resign immediately.
In a poll that ran from 9 a.m. on Friday July 8 to 1 p.m. on Tuesday July 12, Express.co.uk asked: “Should Boris leave office now?”
Overall, 13,480 people voted with the vast majority, 70% (9,415 people), answering “no” Mr Johnson should not leave office now.
A further 29 per cent (3,961 people) said ‘yes’ he should leave now, while one per cent (112 people) said they didn’t know.
Hundreds of comments were left under the accompanying article as readers debated whether Mr Johnson should keep his job as ‘interim’ Prime Minister.
Most readers backed Mr Johnson with a Grayling username, writing: ‘No he has to stay. He started so he should finish.
Another, username distant, said: ‘No, Boris should continue as Prime Minister until his resignation becomes effective.’
Username history-fun said: “Boris was pushing the country forward during very difficult times. He must stay.
And username Chippieiow wrote: ‘The longer he can stay in power the better for all of us.’
Others have argued that Mr Johnson should be allowed to remain as UK Prime Minister.
Username Yorkshirgel said: “Withdraw your resignation letter Boris! The country is better off with you than without you. Strong leaders are hard to find.
Similarly, username Patrick Turveydrop said, “No. Boris should withdraw his resignation.
And user name jeannie1 said: “Boris is the best Prime Minister, there is no one in the Conservative Party who is equal to him. Yes he can make mistakes but look what he has had to go through during his years as prime minister. He is expected to withdraw his resignation.