“Of course I’m going to go for it” Boris Johnson confirms Tory leadership bid

It will come as a surprise to very few people, but Boris Johnson intends to stand to become the leader of the Conservative Party.

He said he will go for the top job as soon as Theresa May steps down.

Asked at a business event in Manchester if he would be a candidate, the former foreign secretary replied: “Of course I’m going to go for it.”

Boris 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.”

There are others after the job though; International Development Secretary Rory Stewart and former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey have announced they will run and Commons leader Andrea Leadsom is seriously considering racing again.

Other contenders could include Michael Gove, Amber Rudd, Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab, Jeremy Hunt, Penny Mordaunt and Liz Truss.

As ever Brexit was a major topic of discussion, on the matter Johnson said: “We’ve failed over the last three years to put forward a convincing narrative about how we can make sense of Brexit and how to exploit the opportunities of Brexit.”

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