The CEO of pub chain JD Wetherspoon has claimed Boris Johnson is well-suited for the role of Prime Minister, branding him a "winner".
Tim Martin told talkRADIO's Dan Wootton that the former foreign secretary should "definitely" become the Conservative Party leader, praising his "maverick" personality.
"Definitely Boris for Prime Minister. He's a winner and he's a slightly maverick character - sometimes you need that sort of person," he said.
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"I think he's got a lot of talent but the reason people - particularly on the remain side - don't like him is because they know he's a winner."
Mr Martin, who is currently touring Wetherspoon branches to talk about the benefits of a no-deal Brexit, added that Johnson had "cross-party appeal".
"He ran a magazine successfully for eight years, which is a very tough gig. He was elected Mayor of London - which is a Labour city - twice, so he's got cross-party appeal. Against the establishment he headed up the Leave campaign, which won.
"Boris is a winner, and unfortunately, I don't like to say it, but Theresa May isn't."