Lord David Frost cryptically answered “never say never” when GB News host Mark Steyn quizzed him about his prime ministerial ambitions. The response will likely fuel more speculation as Boris Johnson’s future as Prime Minister hangs in the balance. Many MPs are awaiting Sue Gray’s report into Partygate before deciding whether to back Mr Johnson to stay on.
Mr Steyn revealed how GB News viewers saw Lord Frost, telling the former Brexit negotiator: “We have had emails with people wanting you to come back as Boris Johnson’s chief of staff – which I presume is a non-starter.
“And the other group of people see you as a prime ministerial candidate along with your chum Liz Truss and these other people that have been mentioned. What do you think?”
Lord Frost said: “It’s only been a few months since I left Government. It’s a bit soon to be talking about going back in any capacity.
“Never say never to anything. But if the Prime Minister is going to succeed in the next year or two, he needs new people around him, new ways of doing things and new policy prescriptions.
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The former Brexit negotiator added: “I will be very happy to support that if we can get on that track.”
In a lengthy interview, Lord Frost launched into a passionate defence of free speech and warned about the influence of China.
He said leaving the EU was about “bringing democracy home” and has given the UK the power to forge its own destiny.
He noted: “Brexit was about bringing politics home, it was about bringing democracy back to Britain so we could set our own rules.
The Prime Minister has enlisted Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, alongside former whips to record the position of every Tory MP, with a spreadsheet detailing those who are loyal, wavering or determined to oust him.
Lord Frost’s Brexit negotiator successor Liz Truss is currently one of the leading names to replace Mr Johnson, should he be forced out.
Ms Truss is a favourite among Tory activists and recently topped a survey by the ConservativeHome website, which gave her a favourability rating of +73 – far ahead of Mr Johnson, who languishes at the bottom on -34.
In another poll, Chancellor Rishi Sunak was rated as the most popular politician in the crucial red wall seats, according to a survey by JL Partners for Channel 4 News.