EXCLUSIVE: Tory MPs believe the Prime Minister, who used to earn Â£23,000 a month as a newspaper columnist, wants out in six months’ time after he’s sorted Brexit
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They say he has been privately complaining that he cannot live on a PMâs salary of Â£150,402 a year.
But first he wants another six months to get Brexit sorted and see the UK turn the corner from the pandemic, it is thought.
He is said to be jealous of his predecessor Theresa May, who has earned more than Â£1million on the lecture circuit since quitting as PM last year.
Shortly before entering No10 he made Â£160,000 in one month from two speeches. He was also paid Â£23,000 a month for a regular newspaper column.
One MP said: âBoris has at least six children, some young enough to need financial help.
âAnd he had to pay ex-wife Marina Wheeler a shedload as part of their divorce deal.â
Mr Johnson also has his six-month-old son Wilfredâs future education to consider. Sending him to his old school Eton will cost Â£42,500 a year.
Of other ex-Premiers, David Cameron commands Â£120,000 for a speech and Tony Blair is worth an estimated Â£22million from lectures and consultancy.
MPs say while Mr Johnson yearned to be PM he is not so keen on actually doing the job.
Five contenders await: Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Cab- inet Office chief Michael Gove, ex-Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and former Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt.
Mr Gove will have the support of Mr Johnsonâs chief aide Dominic Cummings, who advised him when he was Educa- tion Secretary.
But a senior Tory said: âThat might well go against Michael. The last thing we want is for Cummings to stay in No10.â
As First Secretary and Cabinet No2 Mr Raab has the benefit of having done Mr Johnsonâs job when the PM was off sick with Covid-19 this year.
But Mr Hunt has not given up hope, despite being trounced in last yearâs leadership contest, and can be seen seeking support among MPs in the Commons.
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