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Jacob Rees-Mogg says Boris Johnson WILL stand to be next PM

Jacob Rees-Mogg says Boris Johnson is going to enter the battle to become prime minister.

The Business Secretary, an arch Johnson loyalist, told the BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg programme: ‘I have been speaking to Boris Johnson, and clearly he’s going to stand, there’s a great deal of support for him’.

There has been speculation about whether the former PM will have enough support to make the final ballot, with allies of rival Rishi Sunak rubbishing claims he had already got the backing of the necessary 100 MPs.

But many observers believe Johnson would beat Sunak if the contest goes to Tory party members, who favour their old leader.

Many Tories do not share Rees-Mogg’s stance with some even suggesting that they would stand down and force by-elections were he to get a second stint as PM.

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