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The Independent

Boris Johnson nearly served as overseas secretary beneath Liz Truss, new e-book claims

Former prime minister Boris Johnson got here near serving within the Cabinet of his successor Liz Truss, a brand new e-book claims.

Written by The Monetary Instances’ Whitehall editor Sebastian Payne, the e-book claims that Ms Truss met Mr Johnson on two events over the course of the management contest in the summertime, and whereas he remained in No 10 as caretaker PM.

The 2 ex-prime ministers additionally spoke on the cellphone within the closing week of July to debate whether or not a possible job swap ought to Ms Truss, who was serving as foreign secretary on the time, be victorious within the contest.

The e-book, The Fall of Boris Johnson, additionally suggests Ms Truss posed the concept that Mr Johnson might return to the overseas workplace, the place he had been in publish between 2016 to 2018, to proceed his assist for the Ukrainian effort towards Vladimir Putin’s invading forces.

Finally, although, the pair determined an association of this type could be too difficult.

In keeping with The Telegraph, the e-book additionally factors to an episode of their dealings which noticed the pair share breakfast at Mr Johnson’s Downing Road flat. It was then that Ms Truss, greatly surprised, found that his notorious wallpaper was not, in actual fact, gold.

Gold wallpaper or in any other case, allies of Mr Johnson claimed he supplied his successor loads of “good recommendation” throughout the assembly. A subsequent go to to his grace and favour Chequers residence additionally noticed him bestow Ms Truss together with his ideas on her marketing campaign for No 10.

Invites of this nature weren’t afforded to Ms Truss’s rival and present prime minister Rishi Sunak, nonetheless. Mr Sunak had been one of many first to resign from Mr Johnson’s Cupboard forward of the domino-like mass exodus of ministers and MPs, which prompted the demise of his tumultuous premiership.

The e-book claims he blamed Mr Sunak for costing him his function.

Over the course of the management marketing campaign, Mr Sunak and Ms Truss had been doggedly requested by journalists and Tory social gathering members alike whether or not they would supply Mr Johnson a publish of their authorities.

Throughout one hustings, Ms Truss stated: “I very a lot suspect he wouldn’t need a future function in authorities, he wants a well-earned break.

“I’m positive he could have a job, I’m positive he can be vocal, however he gained’t be a part of the federal government.”

Mr Sunak stated: “The easy reply for me is not any. We have to look ahead at this level, we have to carry change that folks want.”

It comes simply sooner or later after Mr Johnson compared Ms Truss’s disastrous mini-Budget to a badly played piano, in a reference to a well-known Morecambe and Sensible sketch.

Requested on CNN about his successor’s terminal fiscal proposals, the previous prime minister first tried to keep away from the query, saying he has a rule towards discussing British politics overseas.

Ultimately, nonetheless, he poked enjoyable at Ms Truss’s market-spooking programme of unfunded tax cuts, saying: “It’s form of like after I play the piano. The notes individually sound OK however they’re not in the correct order, or occurring on the proper time.”

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