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UK’s Johnson wants 2020 elections – Times

Former London mayor and front-runner for UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, wants to hold a national election in the summer of 2020, according to the Times Newspaper.

 The Times reported on Wednesday that Mr. Johnson’s team had begun raising funds to hire more staff and prepare the governing Conservative Party for the contest.

The journalist-turned-politician is expected to defeat incumbent Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and replace Theresa May and become prime minister when the result of the leadership contest is announced next Tuesday.

He has said it would be “absolute folly” to hold an election before he has taken the country out of the European Union.

According to the Times, Mr. Johnson’s team has been planning to pump more money into the party’s headquarters to put it on to an “election footing” for 2020.

Britain is due to leave the EU on October 31.

Its next election is due in 2022 and both contenders for the PM’s job have said publicly they do not plan to hold a national vote before then.

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