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Uxbridge has finally taken umbrage with Boris Johnson

The latest poll shows the prime minister would lose his won seat at the next election

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a press conference in Downing Street. Photo: Daniel Leal/PA Wire/PA Images.

Boris Johnson has been desperately looking around for a safe seat. The latest YouGov MRP poll shows that the voters of Uxbridge in west London have finally taken umbrage about his behaviour and intend to unseat him as their MP at the next election.

I hear a number of ageing MPs in “unlosable” Tory seats have already been discreetly sounded out by Johnson’s minions about making way for him at the next election in return for a knighthood, or, if they drive a really hard bargain, a peerage. It says a lot about the PM’s popularity among his backbenchers that so far no one has been willing to accommodate him.

The talk is now of turning to an ultra-loyalist – such as Conor Burns – and getting him to make the ultimate sacrifice. Just as well that the local Tory association in Burns’s Bournemouth West constituency is not too fussed about putting up a candidate who gets into trouble. Burns was suspended from parliament for seven days after the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards found he had used his position to intimidate a member of the public involved in a financial dispute with his father.

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