Ukraine appears to endorse Johnson for PM in race to replace Truss

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Boris Johnson appeared to receive Kyiv’s backing last night as he continues to sound out support in the House of Commons for a potential leadership bid. Mr Johnson, who resigned as Prime Minister last month, was considered a leading ally to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky throughout his time in Downing Street.

The Uxbridge & South Ruislip MP was thanked by Mr Zelensky in July for his “substantial political support, strong sanctions against Russia and financial assistance” to Ukraine.

However, last night’s social media post could help boost Mr Johnson’s chances of succeeding Liz Truss as he hopes to become the first Prime Minister since Harold Wilson to serve for non-consecutive terms.

The post showed Netflix’s hit show Better Call Saul’s promo for season four, but instead of a picture of the lead Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), the picture featured Mr Johnson’s face.

It was also accompanied by a caption which read: “Better call Boris”.

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Lord Moylan, who served as an adviser to Mr Johnson during his stint as London Mayor, voiced support for Ukraine’s post.

He said: “Comment from the heroic government of Ukraine.”

However, not everyone approved of the post published by Ukraine’s official Twitter account.

Anna Turley, who lost her Redcar seat to Mr Johnson’s Conservative Party in 2019, wrote: “It’s the British people who support you, not him.”

John Haywood, a Labour councillor in Hampshire, added: “We won’t stop supporting you but this delving into our politics is a serious misjudgement.”

Despite quitting as Prime Minister after facing more than 60 Government resignations in July, Mr Johnson currently leads among Conservative Party MPs in the race to replace Ms Truss.

According to Guido Fawkes, Mr Johnson has the backing of 49 Conservative colleagues, including Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg and ex-Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries.

Ex-Chancellor Rishi Sunak has so far received support from 38 MPs, including former Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

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Commons leader Penny Mordaunt, who finished in third place in the last leadership contest, has 16 backers.

Potential candidates need the support of 100 MPs to reach the nomination threshold required, 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady has revealed.

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