Put Tory ‘star’ Boris Johnson on campaign trail, says Robert Jenrick

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Boris Johnson, pictured in 2022, is a brilliant campaigner, Robert Jenrick said - Andrew Parsons/Parsons Media

Boris Johnson should be allowed on the campaign trail, Robert Jenrick has said, describing the former prime minister as a “star” of the Conservative movement.

The former immigration minister said that Mr Johnson had paid a “heavy price for what happened in the past” and that he should be brought back into the fold.

Appearing on Sky’s Sunday Morning with Trevor Phillips, he said: “Boris is one of the stars of the Conservative movement.

“He’s a brilliant campaigner, a superb Conservative politician and I think at this moment the whole Conservative family needs to unite. We need to rally together.

“I know that Boris has been campaigning and supporting and providing endorsements to Conservative candidates. I think that’s great and I want to see him welcomed and encouraged to do more in this campaign, and in fact in the future.”

The former prime minister has produced a series of video endorsements for Tories standing for re-election, and has offered support from any former Tory MP standing who wants it.

On the weekend Mr Jenrick wrote in the Mail on Sunday that Mr Johnson “must always have a place in the Conservative Party, including in Parliament, if he ever wishes to have one”.

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Robert Jenrick is seen as a possible Tory leadership hopeful if he holds onto his seat in Newark, Notts - Victoria Jones/pa

The ex-minister’s intervention will trigger further speculation as to the future of the Conservative Party after July 4, if their loss is as significant as polls predict.

Mr Jenrick also called on voters considering backing Reform UK on July 4 to stick with the Tories, calling the Conservative Party “the natural home for Reform voters”.

He wrote: “We have to build a coalition of voters and propose policies which will fix people’s problems – be that on migration, public services reform, the cost of living or housing.”

He added: “While I vehemently disagree with Nigel Farage that the West provoked Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine, I have a lot of respect for him.”

Mr Jenrick is seen as a possible Tory leadership hopeful if he holds onto his seat in Newark, Nottinghamshire on July 4, along with Kemi Badenoch and Tom Tugendhat.

He quit his ministerial role in December 2023 over the Rwanda Bill, saying that the legislation “does not go far enough”.

He told Sky News: “It’s no secret that I’ve had disagreements with the current Government. I resigned after all from the Cabinet over immigration.

“But I do believe that we face a moment of peril now because the choice at this election is between the Conservatives who do believe in lower taxes, in secure borders, in controlling and reducing migration.

“And of course, I know that there is anger and frustration in the country about some of those issues, and I want the party to be stronger on those.”

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