Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said that he is planning on running to be the next leader of the Tory party. He told a conference that he wanted to take over after Theresa May if she stands down.
The Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP was speaking in Manchester today when he made his announcement. Mr Johnson told the British Insurance Brokers’ Association ‘Of course I’m going to go for it’.
Theresa May has said she would stand down if her Brexit deal is passed, but has refused to set a date. May’s most outspoken critic, Johnson resigned from the cabinet in July in protest at the Prime Minister’s handling of the exit negotiations. Johnson, regarded by many eurosceptics as the face of the 2016 Brexit campaign, set out his pitch to the membership in a speech at the party’s annual conference in October, some members queued for hours to get a seat.
He called on the party to return to its traditional values of low tax, strong policing and not to follow the policies of the left-wing Labour Party.