Boris Johnson brushed off threats to topple him last night with an astonishing prediction he will lead Britain into the 2030s.
His boast was met with disbelief by senior Tories — who at first thought he was joking.
The PM bullishly stunned MPs plotting his downfall by insisting he is already thinking well beyond the next election — and planning for his third term.
Rebel Tory Andrew Bridgen, who is leading the charge for a second no confidence vote, said: “When I heard he plans to stay until 2030, I thought he was talking about the 24-hour clock.
“I’m more than happy for him to stay until 20:30. He can even stay until nine o’clock if he wants — so long as he’s gone before Parliament breaks up for summer.”
Mr Johnson issued his defiant message from 4,000 miles away in Rwanda after a double by-election drubbing and a Cabinet resignation plunged him into another crisis.
He spoke as Tory grandees backed a fresh drive by rebel MPs to force a leadership challenge within weeks.
They have grown restless after a bruising week in which the party suffered the biggest by-election defeat in history — with the Lib Dems overturning a 24,239 majority to seize the Devon seat of Tiverton and Honiton.
Red Wall Tories also have the jitters after Labour reclaimed its former stronghold of Wakefield, seized by BoJo in his 2019 general election landslide.
Leadership wannabes believe the turning point was the resignation of party chairman Oliver Dowden, who quit in the early hours of Friday morning as the results came through.