Boris confirms his intention to become prime minister
During a speech in Manchester last night, Boris Johnson confirmed that he intends to become prime minister.
Now that Theresa May's deal is on the horizon, the question of who will next lead the Tories is being seriously considered.
The prime minister announced earlier this year that if her deal gets through parliament, she will leave office.
Speaking to an event with Manchester-based businesses, Boris 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."
When asked whether he would stand as a candidate for Tory leader, he answered: "Of course I'm going to go for it."
Only two other Conservatives have so far confirmed their intention to become leader of the Conservative Party: Rory Stewart and Esther McVey.
Others have showed signs of manoeuvring in this direction, including Liz Truss, Sajid Javid, Amber Rudd, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab and Jeremy Hunt – but none on this list has made their intention explicit.
At the same event, Boris told his audience: "I do think there's been a real lack of grip and dynamism in the way we approached these [EU] talks," adding later "But you know there is no vacancy at present."