Boris stokes (yet another) Tory leadership rumour

Despite ruling himself out of the top job time and again, Boris Johnson last night hinted that he does in fact wish to become Prime Minister.

In an interview with CNN, Boris said he cannot “foresee any circumstances” that would enable him to become PM – a line famously used by Lord Heseltine after he lauched a campaign to replace Margaret Thatcher at No. 10.

“I — what’s it — what did Michael Heseltine say? I want to be Mayor of London and I certainly can’t foresee any circumstances in which I would be Prime Minister because David Cameron — you look at what’s happening now — is steering, I think, ever more comfortably towards a victory in 2015,” said Johnson.

Boris’s comments echoed Lord Heseltine’s claims from 1989 when he denied eyeing Margaret Thatcher’s position by saying he could not “foresee any circumstances” in which he would challenge her. In 1990, he ousted Thatcher, but later lost the party leadership to John Major.

A survey conducted by former Tory Treasurer Lord Ashcroft last month found that just one in five Tory voters thinks Boris Johnson would make a better Prime Minister than David Cameron. The poll showed that Boris is a serious contender as a potential Tory leader, with 35% of people saying he was ‘capable of running the country’ and 32% saying he would ‘transform it for the better’.

  • We are delighted to open entries to the LondonlovesTalent Awards, celebrating London and South East leaders and businesses truly championing talent, skills, leadership and workforce development
  • Try our free newsletter


 

 

Related images

  • Mayor of London Boris Johnson

Social Bookmarks