Boris Johnson could become the unopposed leader in new secret Tory plan (Image: GETTY)
Senior Cabinet ministers have revealed a new secret plan to avoid four weeks of “blue on blue” attacks. The ministers - who have no link to any of the six candidates - are examining whether Mr Johnson’s name alone could be forwarded to a “confirmatory” vote of the party’s 160,000 members, according to The Daily Telegraph. The plan was hatched amid concerns from senior members who believe weeks of “blue on blue” attacks could leave the new Tory leader weakened and vulnerable to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
This week, Mr Johnson has been branded by rival candidates as “poisoning politics” and pursuing “insane” tax cuts as well as being “yesterday’s news”.
If the proposal were to go ahead, the remaining candidates would be expected to bow out next week in favour of Mr Johnson before party members vote on whether they want him to be their new leader.
However, the party’s chairman Brandon Lewis needs to be convinced to back the plan.
Mr Lewis is determined to carry out the party’s wish for candidates to be grilled by members over 16 hustings events in every region on the UK over a four week period, commencing on June 22.
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Mr Johnson could be the only candidate going forward to the party's membership vote (Image: GETTY)
Ministers behind the plan hope a “confirmatory