Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly considering setting up a charitable fund to raise money for war-torn Ukraine as he tries to boost his image on the global stage.
Following his departure from No10, Mr Johnson is rumoured to be planning a global career while still sitting in the House of Commons for his constituents in Uxbridge.
A source close to the former PM told the Telegraph last night that he will set up a ‘marshal plan for Ukraine’, raising ‘loads of money’ from private donors.
Although he does not hold an official role in government, the former PM was appointed to the head of a committee which supports the nation at the Conservative Party Conference last month.
The source added: ‘Boris does not need an official role to campaign on Ukraine. He is going to plough his own furrow on this regardless.’
The former PM, who was ultimately brought down by Partygate and allegations he appointed former Chris Pincher as a whip despite being aware of allegations of sexual harassment, visited Ukraine on multiple occasions and appeared to have a good relationship with President Zelensky.
Visits to Ukraine were organised at short notice and in secret to avoid security risks while Johnson was in office.
Zelensky often praised the UK for its staunch support after Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine in February.
President Zelensky (right) and Boris Johnson (left) seemed to have a good relationship and comradery during the three meetings in Ukraine
Mr Johnson is said to be considering ways to help rebuild Ukraine after the conflict has ended
Mr Johnson most recently visited Ukraine on August 24, just weeks before handing leadership of the country over to Liz Truss
After one visit, Mr Johnson even had a street named after him, and he has since been appointed chair of the Conservative Friends of Ukraine organisation.
He is understood to be considering how to help the country rebuild after the conflict ends, as well as launch himself as a quasi-advocate for Ukraine during a visit to the US next month.
There are some fears within the UK that the upcoming US midterm elections could lead to an easing in political steps over the war from President Biden to avoid alienating supporters.
Mr Johnson is expected to make a speech in Washington about Ukraine’s plight and is also expected to meet senators to make the case for continued US support in the war against Russia.
Upon beginning his new role as Prime Minister on Tuesday, Rishi Sunak praised Mr Johnson’s work and said he hopes he will continue his pursuits on the global stage.
The PM was praised by Zelensky on Tuesday evening after the pair had an ‘excellent’ conversation about the situation.
The President wrote on Twitter: ‘In an excellent conversation with Rishi Sunak we agreed to write a new chapter in Ukrainian-British relations but the story is the same – full support in the face of Russian aggression.
‘I appreciate PM’s first call to Ukraine. And always grateful for the support of the British people.’
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky walking with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who made a surprise visit to Kyiv in support of Ukraine, as it marks 31 years of independence from the Soviet Union (Picture: August 24)
On August 24, less than two weeks before he ceased to be the PM, Mr Johnson visited Kyiv for the third time since the country was invaded.
He called on the international community to stay the course in Ukraine, as it continues to valiantly defend its sovereignty six months on from Putin’s brutal and illegal invasion.
He announced a broader package of support, including high-tech drones, and said: ‘For the past six months, the United Kingdom has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Ukraine, supporting this sovereign country to defend itself from this barbaric and illegal invader.
‘Today’s package of support will give the brave and resilient Ukrainian Armed Forces another boost in capability, allowing them to continue to push back Russian forces and fight for their freedom.
‘What happens in Ukraine matters to us all, which is why I am here today to deliver the message that the United Kingdom is with you and will be with you for the days and months ahead, and you can and will win.’
Mr Johnson set up the Office of Boris Johnson to run his affairs earlier this month.
It is expected to be part-funded by an annual allowance of public money to support the work of former prime ministers, currently around £115,000 per year.
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