There will be a ‘wave of revulsion’ across Scotland if Boris Johnson is sent back to No 10, the SNP leader in Westminster has said.
The former prime minister is said to be back from the Caribbean as he is touted as a leadership candidate to succeed Liz Truss less than two months after leaving office.
Mr Johnson has not announced his intention to run for leader but is believed to have the backing of dozens of MPs.
But Ian Blackford attacked the former Tory leader, calling instead for a general election.
Talk of Mr Johnson returning to the top job has also been met with resistance from within the Conservative Party, including Douglas Ross, who reportedly told the BBC he thought it would be a ‘disaster’.
Mr Johnson was consistently one of the most unpopular political leaders in polls of Scots.
“We have a Conservative government that is out of touch and, if I may say so, running out of time,” Mr Blackford told BBC Radio Scotland on Friday.
“As we discuss this this morning, there are real concerns that the Tories may want to sack Boris Johnson again – I think there will be a wave of revulsion across Scotland.”
He added: ‘You must really think the Tories haven’t learned anything from what we’ve been through and why Boris Johnson had to be swept away.
“We cannot continue to see Parliament as the personal plaything of those on the Conservative right who want to embrace the policies they have put in place.”
The leader of the SNP Westminster said it was in the national interest for the Tories to realize ‘time is up’ and call an election.
Polling expert Professor Sir John Curtice told BBC Scotland’s The Nine on Thursday that it was ‘inconceivable’ that Tory MPs would hand over Mr Johnson to Downing Street.
“Boris Johnson is still under investigation by the House of Commons Privileges Committee,” he said.
“Frankly, I think it is inconceivable that Tory MPs would want to put them back in the situation where – whether or not what Boris Johnson said in defending the party was the truth or not – they want to go back and revisit this psycho -drama.
“It is also abundantly clear from the reaction of some Tory MPs this evening that the prospect of Boris Johnson’s candidacy is that probably of these three candidates (including Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt) he is the least likely to win. unite the party.”
Meanwhile, Scotland Office minister Lord Offord told the same program that having three prime ministers in three months was not an “ideal situation”.
But he said the UK government had a mandate from the 2019 general election and there should be no further votes.
Asked about the possibility of Boris Johnson’s return, Lord Offord said it was not about ‘the personality of any individual’ but about ensuring that a Prime Minister ‘will stand up and carry out the mandate that entrusted to him in 2019″.
He also declined to say who he would like to see as the new occupant of No 10, saying: ‘It’s up to the MPs and they have to get their appointments.
Asked if the truncated leadership election would stifle debate, Lord Offord replied: ‘We had six weeks of debate, and it didn’t work out very well, did it?’