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Michael Gove and Rishi Sunak meet to see who will be Boris Johnson's heir


The next general election could be more than four years, and Boris Johnson has denied claims he could step down next year on health grounds – but that hasn't stopped Tory MPs from getting into their favorite pastime – speculation about the leadership.

And the consensus is, when the time comes, it will likely be Michael Gove's "experience and intellect" versus the "charm and charisma" of young rising star Rishi Sunak.

Chatter about how long Mr. Johnson will serve in No. 10 increased last week after The Times reported that the father-in-law of Dominic Cummings, the prime minister's most powerful advisor, told one of his readers that Mr. Johnson would resign in six months because of the ongoing effects of his coronavirus infection.

The scenario is rejected by MPs as highly unlikely, but many believe Mr Johnson could step down in 2023 to give his successor time to sit in 10th place ahead of the 2024 election.

Friends of Michael Gove, Minister of the Cabinet Office, expect him to run for the party leadership despite the formidable threat posed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

Rishi Sunak saw a surge in his public ratings during the coronavirus crisis – above Boris Johnson's – due to successes like his Eat Out To Help Out program

Friends of Michael Gove, Minister of the Cabinet Office, expect him to run for the party leadership despite the formidable threat posed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Friends of Michael Gove, Minister of the Cabinet Office, expect him to run for the party leadership despite the formidable threat posed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Mr Sunak has seen his public ratings soar during the coronavirus crisis – above Mr Johnson's – due to successes like his Eat Out To Help Out program. The Chancellor is also building a powerful government-in-exile in the Ministry of Finance. But Mr Gove also has a strong Whitehall network that has placed a number of former aides in powerful positions within the government – "most of them are named Henry," according to one observer.

Both men are also competing for the top position as an effective "chief executive" of the administration, with Mr. Johnson as "chairman of the board".

While 40-year-old Sunak has the machinery of the Treasury Department, 53-year-old Gove sits on a number of powerful cabinet committees and plays a central role in key preparations for Brexit.

Speculation was fueled by the backbench's growing dissatisfaction with repeated government U-turns, with Tory backbenchers using WhatsApp groups to express their anger. Sunday's Mail spoke to several Tory MPs yesterday who expect the prime minister to step down before the next election.

One said: "Nobody can blame Boris for not wanting to hold another parliamentary election after what he went through with Covid and the virus crisis. I don't think he wants to cling to the job either. He will create Brexit, safely solve the virus crisis and want to ensure that the economy is back on track. & # 39;

Chatter about how long Mr. Johnson will serve in No. 10 increased last week after The Times reported that the father-in-law of Dominic Cummings, the prime minister's most powerful advisor, told one of his readers that Mr. Johnson would resign in six months because of the ongoing effects of his coronavirus infection

Chatter about how long Mr. Johnson will serve in No. 10 increased last week after The Times reported that the father-in-law of Dominic Cummings, the prime minister's most powerful advisor, told one of his readers that Mr. Johnson would resign in six months because of the ongoing effects of his coronavirus infection

Another said, "He wanted to be PM and he wanted to be PM – but does he really enjoy the job?"

An ally of the Chancellor went on to insist that Mr. Sunak must be the next leader. The MP said: & # 39; Rishi is the best choice to follow Boris. He has done excellently in the face of the pandemic when many other ministers were found deficient.

"Our first ethnic minority prime minister would be massive for the party and the country."

However, a former cabinet minister warned that Mr Sunak, who only became chancellor in February, may be at the peak of his popularity.

He said, “We may be at the height of rishi now. He has all the praises of the virus vacation programs and is resolute in responding to the crisis.

"But who knows where we will be when vacation ends and winter unemployment really starts to rise."

Last night, Mr. Gove and Mr. Sunak's allies insisted that both men do their cabinet jobs – without maneuvering to follow Mr. Johnson.

In the last week of Eat Out To Help Out, restaurant reservations doubled year over year as insiders revealed that Rishi Sunak increased the discount from 40% to 50% at the last minute

By Glen Owen for the mail on Sunday

The last week of the triumphant “Eat Out To Help Out” program led, according to forecasts by the Ministry of Finance, to a doubling of restaurant reservations compared to the same period last year.

Insiders say the program – which ends tomorrow – was the result of "weeks of brainstorming, debate and modeling," with the Chancellor playing a key role in its success by deciding at the last minute to revert the plan from a 40- Change percent discount up to 50 percent discount – the knowledge that this would be more memorable and would simplify the calculation considerably.

Mr. Sunak's advisors had urged him to prioritize the hospitality industry as 1.4 million people working there have been on leave and 76 percent have no degree or higher qualification, putting them at higher risk of long-term unemployment.

Insiders say the program - which ends tomorrow - was the result of "weeks of brainstorming, debating and modeling," with Chancellor Rishi Sunak playing a key role in its success by deciding at the last minute to pull the 40 percent off plan to change deal to 50 percent off

Insiders say the program – which ends tomorrow – was the result of "weeks of brainstorming, debating and modeling," with Chancellor Rishi Sunak playing a key role in its success by deciding at the last minute to pull the 40 percent off plan to change deal to 50 percent off

The last week of the triumphant "Eat Out To Help Out" program led, according to forecasts by the Treasury Department, to a doubling of restaurant reservations compared to the same period last year (Photo: People having lunch on August 26, 2020 in Covent Garden, London).

The last week of the triumphant "Eat Out To Help Out" program led, according to forecasts by the Treasury Department, to a doubling of restaurant reservations compared to the same period last year (Photo: People having lunch on August 26, 2020 in Covent Garden, London).

The idea of ​​a prepaid card was rejected due to the challenges of producing 50 million debit cards.

Over 64 million discounted meals were consumed in over 80,000 restaurants in the first three weeks – the equivalent of every person in the UK who uses them once.

By the third week, the Monday through Wednesday increase in reservations when requested had reached 61 percent and last week it was likely to have reached 95 percent.

More than £ 336 million has been reclaimed from the Treasury Department so far, meaning it could ultimately cost more than the £ 500 million estimate.

A source said, "We hope there will be an overshoot as more people get used to eating out and more jobs will be saved."

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