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U.K. Officials Dismiss Claim in Times That Johnson to Step Down

  • Newspaper cites reported comments from aide’s father-in-law
  • Johnson has faced questions on health since contracting Covid
Boris Johnson
Boris JohnsonPhotographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Is Boris Johnson planning to retire as U.K. prime minister in six months? That’s the eye-catching claim in the Times of London, which cited a conversation one of its readers had with the father-in-law of Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s chief adviser.

According to the newspaper’s Diary column, Humphry Wakefield chatted to Times reader Anna Silverman when she visited his castle in northeast England last week. Johnson, Wakefield is reported to have said, is still suffering the after-effects of his coronavirus infection and will never fully recover, and therefore plans to resign early next year.