Nadine Dorries and Emily Sheffield clash over Boris Johnson
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Boris Johnson is contemplating setting up an organisation which will help support Ukraine and rebuild the ex-Soviet state following Russia’s invasion, a report has claimed. The ex-Prime Minister, who only left office on September 6 following a Cabinet cabal in the summer, set up a unit in Westminster which he hopes could start a new foundation to raise millions for Kyiv.
According to the Telegraph, a friend of Mr Johnson described the plan as a “Marshal plan for Ukraine”.
The ally added: “Boris will raise loads of money.”
Rishi Sunak, who won the most recent Tory leadership contest as the only candidate to hand in his nomination papers on Monday, suggested his former boss could make a return to the international stage.
Mr Sunak said: “Although he has decided not to run for Prime Minister again, I truly hope he continues to contribute to public life at home and abroad.”
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Mr Johnson, who led the Conservative Party to victory in the 2019 General Election, is considered a key ally of Ukraine and was rewarded for his support with streets being named after him.
A source close to the former Prime Minister confirmed the plans will look to help with the “reconstruction” of Ukraine.
However, they suggested the plans would move forward at a delicate pace.
The source told the Telegraph: “He is working on a major project to do with Ukraine which will touch on reconstruction.”
Despite moving at a delicate pace, Mr Johnson will continue to urge the West to support Ukraine as he embarks on a high-profile visit to the United States before Christmas.
He will look to use a speech in Washington to raise awareness for Kyiv’s struggle and could even meet US senators about the issue.
Mr Johnson is reportedly concerned about a weakening in support for Ukraine among Republicans.
A source claimed: “The thing that is at the front of his mind is that the Republicans will go soft on this – there is a flank of the Republicans who are worried about the fiscal consequences.
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“He wants to make sure that does not happen.”
Mr Johnson was also made chairman of the Conservative Friends of Ukraine during the Tory Party’s annual conference in Birmingham earlier this month.
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