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Boris Johnson says no major policy changes before going

Boris Johnson has promised his cabinet he will not use his remaining time as prime minister to make “major changes of direction”.

The PM has caved in to pressure from ministers to quit as Tory leader but wants to stay in No 10 until the party chooses who should replace him.

His collapse in support has prompted some Tories to urge him to go now.

But a newly-promoted cabinet minister says Mr Johnson has agreed to carry on as a “caretaker” prime minister.

An official timetable for a Tory leadership race is expected to be confirmed next week, with potential contenders already jockeying for position.

There is no set duration for such a contest, but a new leader, who will also become the prime minister, is expected by September.

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Attorney General Suella Braverman and backbench MP Tom Tugendhat are the only Tory MPs to confirm they will stand so far, but more declarations are expected in the coming days.

Launching his bid with an article for the Daily Telegraph, Mr Tugendhat promised tax cuts and “new energy and ideas” for government.

The BBC has been told former health secretary Sajid Javid and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who were part of the cabinet revolt against Mr Johnson, are considering leadership bids.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, former chancellor Rishi Sunak and ex-foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt are among others tipped to run.

Former Brexit secretary Steve Baker has said he is “seriously” considering running – but former levelling up secretary Michael Gove and deputy PM Dominic Raab have ruled themselves out.

Former PM Sir John Major is among Tories suggesting Mr Johnson should quit as PM immediately, arguing it would be “unwise” for him to stay until he is replaced.

Sir John has suggested to party bosses the leadership contest should be speeded up, or if not deputy PM Dominic Raab should become caretaker PM.

Labour has also threatened to try and unseat Mr Johnson immediately through a parliamentary vote of no confidence, although this would need considerable support among Tories to succeed. (BBC)
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