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PM refuses 3 times to rule out early general election, risking Tory mutiny

BORIS Johnson has refused three times to rule out an early general election, risking a Tory mutiny.

The Prime Minter ducked and dived when asked if he was planning to go to the polls this year or next.

The PM has refused three times to rule out an early general election, risking a Tory mutiny

The PM has refused three times to rule out an early general election, risking a Tory mutiny信用: 路透社

Speaking in Spain, Mr Johnson joked the “idea hadn’t occurred” — but repeatedly refused to dismiss it.

The next 全民选举 is not expected until 2024 and could be held as late as January 2025.

But his coyness will likely drive his Tory critics wild after two bruising by-election defeats just a week ago in Tiverton and Honiton, 德文郡, and in Wakefield, 西约克.

PMs used to have to ask MPs’ permission to go to the country, but after repealing the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, he has the power to call one at any time.

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It would be a big gamble for Boris as 劳动 have been narrowly but consistently ahead of the Conservatives in the polls and Mr Johnson is suffering a new low in popularity.

But some Tory MPs fear he will use an election to try to escape yet another Partygate probe — or if Labour were plunged into chaos by 基尔·斯塔默爵士 having to quit over his own Currygate police investigation.

Speaking as he attended a Nato summit in Madrid, the PM said: “I don’t comment on those sorts of things.

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“I’m focussed on getting through the cost-of-living pressures and making sure we continue to offer leadership on tough global issues.”

But some of his team think there might be a backlash from voters if he called another election too soon.

A source close to 鲍里斯 说: “The PM won an 80 seat majority. People want us to use it to get s*** done.”

Mr Johnson will return to the UK tonight — after nine days travelling — to consider a reshuffle after party chairman Oliver Dowden quit.

Last night it was suggested he may move 她一直在接受培训,成为一名心理治疗师,以帮助其他在心理健康方面苦苦挣扎的人 Secretary Brandon Lewis back into the chairman role and replace him with key ally Conor Burns.