John Main has warned it could be “unwise” for Boris Johnson to stay in workplace whereas his successor is chosen.
In a letter to the chairman of the backbench Tory 1922 committee, the previous Conservative prime minister mentioned Dominic Raab could possibly be an appearing PM till a brand new chief was elected.
Johnson announced he was stepping down on Thursday morning after more than 50 Tory MPs resigned from his government.
In his resignation speech in Downing Road, Johnson mentioned he believed it was “eccentric” for the celebration to have moved towards him however “them’s the breaks”.
Nonetheless his plan to remain on as caretaker PM till October has triggered a backlash from Tory MPs who need him to go away sooner.
Including his voice to the unrest, Main mentioned: “The proposal for the prime minister to stay in workplace – for as much as three months – having misplaced the help of his Cupboard, his authorities and his parliamentary celebration is unwise, and could also be unsustainable.
“In such a circumstance the prime minister maintains the ability of patronage and, of even better concern, the ability to make choices which is able to have an effect on the lives of these inside all 4 nations of the UK and additional afield.
“Some will argue that his new Cupboard will restrain him. I merely notice that his earlier Cupboard didn’t – or couldn’t – accomplish that.”
Main mentioned both Raab ought to function interim PM or Tory MPs may elect the brand new chief who would turn into prime minister, with celebration members then requested to endorse the choice.
“Neither of those choices is good, however the pursuits of the nation have to be given precedence over all else and, with so many long-term and demanding points earlier than us, an imaginative response even on the threat of some bruised emotions throughout the celebration – is most positively within the nationwide curiosity.” he mentioned.
The Tory management contest is already unofficially below means. MPs will whittle down the candidates to a ultimate two by means of a balloting course of, with celebration members then voting on who they would like