Five ministers urge UK's Johnson to challenge PM May

The infamous moment

The infamous moment

The newspaper specified that five ministers wanted Johnson to be become the United Kingdom prime minister.

Alex Wickham, news editor at the right wing political blog Guido Fawkes claimed Mr Johnson and Conservative campaign strategist Lynton Crosby have met privately "several times over the last few days".

Mr Johnson dismissed the reports as "tripe", but was said to have been pressed by five members of the Cabinet to launch a challenge to Mrs May after her disastrous election campaign.

Mr Johnson also said Theresa May was the best person, before quickly correcting himself to say the best-placed person, to deliver on Brexit.

He wrote that the Prime Minister had won more votes than anyone since Margaret Thatcher - telling his colleagues: I can't remember us having anything like 43 per cent of the vote. Lots of great work to do for greatest country on earth.

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Although Mr Johnson conceded that the Tories need to think about the lessons of this election, he urged MPs against doing so in the newspapers. "Let's get on with the job", Johnson said on Twitter on Saturday.

On Friday, May announced her plans to form the coalition between Tories and the DUP.

Liberal Democrats gained four seats to amass 12 MPs but lost its former leader and ex-deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, perhaps the highest-profile casualty in a night of stunning results.

"Theresa May is a dead woman walking and the only question is how long she remains on death row", said George Osborne, who had been sacked as UK Chancellor when May took over at 10 Downing Street after David Cameron resigned as PM after the Brexit referendum in June 2016.