Boris Johnson Rules Himself Out Of Conservative Party Leadership Race
Boris Johnson has announced he will not stand for Conservative party leader.
The former Mayor of London, who gathered the media for a speech at a central London location today, said he will "support" the next Tory leader but ruled himself out saying it will "not be me."
"I must tell you, my friends, you who have waited faithfully for the punchline of this speech, that having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstances in parliament I have concluded that person cannot be me," he said.
"My role will be to give every possible support to the next Conservative administration to make sure that we properly fulfil the mandate of the people that was delivered at the referendum, and to champion the agenda I believe in - to stick up for the forgotten people in this country."
Johnson was a prominent campaigner for Britain to leave the European Union.
His party colleagues Michael Gove, Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom declared their candidacies last week. Now I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Words by Sian Broderick