Boris’s ex-campaign manager ‘hasn’t decided’ who to support

Boris Johnson

Ben Wallace says he is unsure whether to back Boris Johnson for leader

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The man who led Boris Johnson’s unsuccessful leadership campaign in 2016 has revealed he is undecided on whether to support him again.

Security minister Ben Wallace led Mr Johnson’s leadership bid three years ago, which ended unexpectedly shortly after Michael Gove launched his own campaign.

At the time Mr Wallace threatened to go “Game of Thrones” on Mr Gove for torpedoing his candidate's chances.

But he says he hasn’t “made a decision yet” on who to back this time around.

"The one thing I have learned from being inside a campaign is we've got another 10 days," he said.

"What we do need to do is make sure this race is about getting the right person to lead the country, but I'm not going to bang on about it."

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries said Mr Johnson, who is the bookies' favourite to become leader, had the "X-factor".

The Mid Bedfordshire MP told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “He’s got a great vision for the country, he has the intellect, he has the ability to do it, he has a proven track record of achievement.

"Once they meet the guy and see the guy they’re pretty much sold.”

But Ms Dorries played down the former foreign secretary’s status as the frontrunner in a field of 12 candidates.

“I would not say he’s impossible to stop because nobody ever knows what’s going to happen in the leadership election or indeed any election.”

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