Apparently sent by an aide, the snap shot of the email has a subject line reading: “Re (2): GE 2019 GE team thoughts”.
“Hi all I hope this isn’t unhelpful at this point (!) but I had had in mind that....” it states, in the only words that can be read.
It was revealed, and later deleted, amid a growing anticipation that the new prime minister will go the country later this year, as the Brexit crisis deepens.
Last week, Mr Johnson chose an election-style Facebook address to the nation from his Downing Street office to unveil a plan to ease immigration rules for scientists post-Brexit.
Although he has insisted there will be no election before a “do or die” Brexit on 31 October, he could be forced into one by MPs determined to block a crash-out departure.