Resigning as PM 'a huge loss' for Boris Johnson says Rachel Johnson

10 July 2022, 20:28 | Updated: 12 July 2022, 10:22

By James Bickerton

Resigning as Prime Minister was "a huge loss" for Boris Johnson according to Rachel Johnson, who added her brother "dreamt of becoming world king" and "actually almost achieved his ambition".

Mr Johnson announced he will be stepping down last Thursday, following mass resignations from Ministers furious about his handling of abuse allegations against Chris Pincher, formerly his deputy chief whip.

A new Conservative Party leadership election is underway, which will also select the next Prime Minister, and Mr Johnson is expected to remain in 10 Downing Street until it concludes.

Speaking on her LBC show Rachel said: "It hasn't been an easy few days.

"I know it's a huge loss for him.

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"I'm still incredibly proud that he's one of 53 men, and two women, who have held what Anthony Seldon called 'the impossible office'.

"As soon as you get there you realise it is a non-stop decision making job.

"It's impossible to keep your tabs on everything all at the same time."

Rachel noted her brother's childhood ambition to be "world king".

She commented: "I haven't deliberately been listening to much of the vindictiveness, the dancing on the grave, the spitting on the grave and I'm not listening to those who have made a good listening out of Boris bashing.

"Let me tell you a story as Rishi's slick promotional video started, let's say the rise and fall of Boris in a way that a small child might understand.

"Once upon a time there was a little boy who dreamt of becoming world king, he first said that when he was two, and actually almost achieved his ambition."