Boris Johnson has received a huge boost in the Tory leadership contest (Image: GETTY)
The former Foreign Secretary has been declared a “proven winner” by a trio of ministers. Rishi Sunak, Robert Jnerick and Oliver Dowden said Boris Johnson is a One Nation Conservative, The Times reported. Mr Johnson is now in the lead with 40 public endorsements, 14 ahead of rivals, Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt.
Mr Sunak’s support is an enormous blow to Mr Gove who he previously backed along with Mr Jenrick.
David Cameron’s deputy chief of staff, Mr Dowden, previously backed Theresa May.
During a Tory hustings last night, Mr Johnson vowed to deliver Brexit and avoid the “potential extinction” of the Conservatives.
His stark warning was echoed by fellow Brexiteer Andrea Leadsom, who said a delay to the UK's exit from the European Union could "spell the end" for the party.
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