Boris Brexit ally Lord Frost sides with Sunak in leadership contest blow to former PM
Former Brexit negotiator Lord David Frost has proclaimed Boris Johnson a “hero” but sided with Rishi Sunak in the forthcoming Conservative leadership race.
By Liam Doyle
17:32, Sat, Oct 22, 2022 | UPDATED: 17:37, Sat, Oct 22, 2022
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Boris Johnson‘s longtime ally, Lord David Frost, has aligned with the former Prime Minister’s closest rival in the Tory leadership contest. Lord Frost helped pave the way for Mr Johnson’s Brexit vision, but has, like other former Cabinet ministers, turned to Rishi Sunak. In a statement, he praised his former boss as a “hero” but outlined a “risk” to the Conservative Party.
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MPs are in the process of discussing who to support ahead of a swift leadership election next week, with hundreds having made public declarations since Liz Truss resigned on Thursday,
Her departure has revealed continued support for her predecessor Mr Johnson in the Tory ranks just months after he resigned in disgrace.
But, as Lord Frost outlined in his statement today, concerns remain about the direction Mr Johnson would take the party at one of its most fragile moments.
Taking to Twitter, the former Brexit negotiator said it was time to “move on”.