Boris Johnson will reportedly miss the Conservative Party conference in October after leaving Downing Street.
The Telegraph reported that Johnson, traditionally the star of the party rally, will follow in the footsteps of his predecessors David Cameron and Theresa May if he decides to avoid the Birmingham conference.
It comes as his allies haven’t ruled out a future slant to number 10 over the weekend, as the Prime Minister stepped into his final hours in office.
Mr. Johnson, who will be replaced as a conservative leader on Monday and step down as prime minister the next day, is leaving power with his closest allies not ruling out a future nomination for the top office.
All I’m saying is that I would never delete it
Former Chief of Staff Lord Udny-Lister
Former Chief of Staff and close aide Lord Udny-Lister said Mr. Johnson will be “very sad” as he travels to Balmoral to formally offer his resignation to the Queen.
But he also told Sky News that he would “never say never” about a return for Mr. Johnson.
“He’s going to watch all of this and if something happens in the future, like you said, the ball goes free in the scrum, then anything can happen.
“I’m not going to make any predictions. All I’m saying is that I would never delete it. “
As colorful and controversial as it is, Mr. Johnson is likely to have plenty of profitable opportunities to deliver in the coming weeks and months.
Newspaper reports have been filled with speculation that the former Telegraph columnist will return to journalism or whether the former head of The Spectator magazine might even be offered direction somewhere.
There is also the possibility of the lucrative after-dinner speech circuit, a well-worn path for former prime ministers.
Lord Marland, a former trade correspondent, told the BBC last week that Mr Johnson wants to “go and put the hay in the loft” after he leaves office.
“As he told me the other day, he wants to go put hay in the loft, in other words to build his bank account so he can afford to pay for the lifestyle he has created,” he said.
Much depends on whether Mr. Johnson sees his future in the Commons.
He is far from certain of avoiding a Labor challenge in his constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip in the upcoming elections, while the Privileges Committee is proceeding with its investigation into whether it has committed a contempt of Parliament by telling the House on several occasions that there is. and there were no anti-blockade parties on Downing Street.
If it is discovered that he lied to Parliament, Mr. Johnson may face a suspension from the House of Commons for 10 or more days of sitting and a recall petition, which, if signed by 10% of his constituents, would trigger a by-election. .
Whether or not to fight to stay in politics will depend on whether Johnson still has the ambition to return to number 10.
In his last appearance on Prime Minister’s Questions, he famously declared “Hasta la vista, baby”.
The Spanish term translates as “see you later,” but it is also a slogan for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg character in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
The Terminator is also known for the slogan: “I’ll be back”.
His old political enemies think the same way.
Rory Stewart, who ran against Johnson for Tory leadership in 2019, compared him to former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and former US President Donald Trump, who are planning a comeback.
The former minister of international development said last month: “I fear he has an extraordinary ego and believes he has been treated badly.
“He does not see the reality, that he was a terrible prime minister and that he lost his job due to profound character flaws.
“And yes, I’m afraid we’ll end up with a second Berlusconi or a second Trump trying to come back again.”