Boris Johnson Confirms He Will Stand in Tory Leadership Contest

Boris Johnson, the former Mayor of London and Foreign Secretary, has confirmed that he will stand in the next contest for the leadership of the Conservative Party. The news comes amid rumours that Theresa May, the Prime Minister, is expected to soon announce the date of her departure.

Asked at the BIBA conference in Manchester whether he’d stand, Johnson said:

“I’m going to go for it. Of course I’m going to go for it. I don’t think that is any particular secret to anybody. But you know, there is no vacancy at present.”

He added:

“There’s no vacancy. On the other hand, what I will say is that there has been a real lack of grip and dynamism in the way we’ve approached these talks.

We’ve failed over the past three years to put forward a convincing narrative about how we exploit the opportunities of Brexit. All I can say, as tactfully and usefully as I can, is that I have a boundless appetite to try to get it right, and to help the country to get on the right path.”