Boris Johnson and Liz Truss in planning rebellion challenge Rishi Sunak

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The latest rebellion looks set to become even more serious – not only because it has attracted the support of two former prime ministers, but because Labor is seen as more likely to support measures to promote onshore wind.

By Thursday evening, a total of 18 Conservative MPs had signed the amendment.

It requires Michael Gove, the current Leveling Up Secretary, to review the national planning policy framework to allow councils to grant new onshore wind applications.

The amendment will also force the Town and Country Planning Act to be amended to allow the installation of “new onshore wind turbine sites that have not previously been used to generate wind energy or to retrofit existing onshore wind turbines”.

Onshore wind is a touchstone issue for the Tories.

Complaints from residents of areas where they were built, often in conservative rural circles, have led the party leadership to take a critical stance.

In 2014, David Cameron said the public was “fed up” with the turbines and vowed not to subsidize them if the Conservatives won the upcoming general election.

The 2019 Conservative manifesto mentions growing offshore wind, but not onshore.

Boris Johnson ‘almost served in Liz Truss’ cabinet’

News of the rebellion – just a month after Mr Sunak entered Number 10 – comes as a new book by journalist Sebastian Payne, The Fall of Boris Johnson, claimed that Mr Johnson almost served in Mrs Truss’s cabinet as Foreign Secretary.

Mrs Truss met the former prime minister twice during this summer’s leadership contest, Mr revealed. Payne.

The pair also spoke on the phone in the last week of July – when Mr Johnson was still prime minister, where they actually discussed a job switch should she win the contest.

She suggested he could return to the State Department, where he had served from 2016 to 2018, to concentrate on the war in Ukraine. But in the end, the couple decided that such an arrangement would be too complicated.

Mrs Truss and Mr Johnson also had breakfast at Mr Johnson’s Downing Street flat on July 29.

Her allies said he gave her plenty of “good advice”, which was followed up by a later visit to Checkers with political thoughts on the campaign.

The book revealed that no such invitations were sent to Mr Sunak.

Both Mr Sunak and Mrs Truss were repeatedly asked during the leadership campaign whether they would offer Mr Johnson a position in their government.

Speaking at a debate, Ms Truss said: “I strongly suspect he does not want a future role in government, he needs a well-earned break.

“I’m sure he’ll have a role, I’m sure he’ll be vocal, but he won’t be part of the government.”

Sunak said: “The simple answer for me is no. We have to look forward at this point, we have to bring changes that people need.”

Despite their discussions about a job offer, Mr Johnson compared earlier this week Mrs Truss’s mini-budget for a poorly played pianoin a reference to a Morecambe and Wise sketch.

The Telegraph can also reveal that Mrs Truss plans to stand at the next general election continue his career as a Conservative MP despite being ousted from Number 10, according to former aides.

Mrs Truss is understood to have declined following the approach of Sir Tony Blair and Mr Cameron, who left Parliament soon after announcing their resignations.

Instead, Mrs. Truss seeks one post-No 10 career more in line with Theresa Maywho continues to speak regularly in the House of Commons five years after he stepped down as Prime Minister.

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