Former U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s campaign claims he has enough support from Conservative members of parliament to stand in an upcoming vote for prime minister, according to multiple reports, signaling what could be a stunning political comeback less than seven weeks after he left Downing Street.
The news came as a shock to most observers, since only 50 MPs have publicly declared support, according to the BBC.
Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is reportedly the only other potential candidate to clear the 100 nomination threshold required to appear on the ballot—neither Johnson nor Sunak have formally announced they are running.
Johnson returned to London on Saturday following a two-week vacation in the Dominican Republic—it’s not clear whether he cut the trip short.
Johnson was seated in economy class and booed by some passengers aboard his flight home, according to a Sky News reporter who was on the plane.
The claim Johnson hit 100 nominations drew some skepticism, with Conservative MP Richard Holden tweeting “they don’t exist.”
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