With days to go until the anointment of the next Conservative leader and default prime minister, the 1922 Committee have approved a request from Tory leadership front-runner, Boris Johnson, to change his name by deed poll.
Mr Johnson, who is commonly known as Boris, has sought permission from the Conservative Party’s governing body to amend his full given name which currently stands at Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.
Postal voting is well underway in the Tory leadership race, and a large number of votes have already been cast, leading some observers to question the logic of the leading candidate modifying his name at this late stage.
“The ballot papers issued to the Conservative membership have two names on them,” says leading political analyst Stephen Shipley.
“And those names are Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and Jeremy Richard Streynsham Hunt.
“A candidate changing his name at this point in proceedings sounds like a move to shoot himself in the foot.
“Although it comes as no surprise that it’s Boris with the smoking gun and a bill from his cobbler.”
However, documents leaked to The Post Truth Post suggest that Boris is still likely to be the man walking limp-free into Number 10 on July 24th.
Thanks to our mole at Deed Poll we can reveal that while his friends and family will still call him Boris, the UK’s next prime minister could well be “The Rt Hon Boris Johnson or None of the Above MP”.