Boris Johnson today used the British Insurance Brokers Association’s conference in Manchester to confirm his intention to stand for the leadership of the Conservative Party after Prime Minister Theresa May steps down.
Asked by BBC broadcaster and conference chairman Huw Edwards if he was planning to make a second bid for the Tory leadership, Johnson said: “Of course I’m going to go for it.”
Johnson, a former Foreign Secretary and Mayor of London, had made a bid to win the leadership at the Party’s most recent contest in 2016.
But his widely-expected leadership bid this time around had not been confirmed in public until today’s event.
Johnson remains the bookmakers’ favourite to become the next leader of the Conservative Party, followed by his nearest challengers Dominic Raab, Michael Gove and former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
But while Johnson remains extremely popular with grassroots Tory activists, some cabinet ministers have expressed concern about his potential to become Prime Minister at any forthcoming general election.