Tories are already threatening to join Labour if Boris Johnson becomes PM again

Tories are already threatening to join Labour if Boris Johnson becomes PM again
Nadine Dorries refuses to rule out possibility of Boris Johnson comeback

Liz Truss resigned today after just 45 days in power and talk is already turning to who might replace her.

The PM resigned so quickly, she has become the shortest-serving prime minister in British history and it is very embarrassing indeed.

Things surely can't get worse, but now there are rumours reported by the Telegraph that Boris Johnson wants to stand for leadership of the party again, so they might well get worse.

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In case you don't remember, Johnson resigned from his own stint as prime minister in the summer after a string of scandals including Partygate and the way he handled allegations about Chris Pincher.

In doing so, he triggered the very leadership contest that led to Truss becoming the PM, and now she has resigned there will be another yet to be defined but not-so democratic mechanism to get someone else in he job.

It would be quite amusing, we guess, if things came full circle and Johnson returned as PM, but thankfully that may not happen if Tory MPs have anything to do about it.

The Guardian's Jessica Elgot responded to reports of Johnson's potential comeback and revealed that an unnamed Tory MP texted her to say: "If this happens I will immediately defect to the Labour party."

All of the potential candidates to replace Truss would likely be disastrous, but Johnson's had his shot and he completely blew it.

Time for a general election, we reckon...

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