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Does CCHQ think Boris will lose his seat?

Does CCHQ think Boris will lose his seat?
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One of the strange things about this election is that the Conservatives could quite conceivably wake up on 13 December to find they have won a majority, but their prime minister has lost his job. In 2017 Boris Johnson only won his seat of Uxbridge and Ruislip with just over 5,000 votes, placing his constituency squarely in the sights of Labour, who will be hoping to claim his scalp this election.

But is it likely that Boris will be felled? Well it seems as though CCHQ take the approach of prepare for the worst. The Tories have reportedly placed Boris's seat on a watchlist.

Yesterday, the deadline passed for parliamentary candidates to submit their applications to stand, putting to bed rumours that Boris Johnson would abandon Uxbridge to fight a safer seat. Expect the Uxbridge push to continue...

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from Westminster and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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