Boris won't rule out Prime Minister
Boris Johnson has left the door open to becoming prime minister in the future, saying he doesn't want the job "at the moment".
Speaking on ITV's Daybreak programme this morning the London mayor moved to dampen speculation about a leadership challenge, saying: "I think it inconceivable I’m going to be Prime Minister. At the moment I certainly don’t want to be Prime Minister."
He argued "the chances of that happening are infinitesimally remote" but accepted that few people expected him to become Mayor of London before his first successful campaign.
Asked about Mr Johnson's desire to be prime minister on LBC radio this morning, David Cameron said the London mayor had a full-term to serve, and said "I'm sure there's more he can do."
However, when asked whether he would prefer Mr Johnson or Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as a rowing partner, the prime minister said he would choose the Mayor of London, claiming he would have the "weight and strength".
A former colleague of the London Mayor also yesterday dampened speculation. Evening Standard columnist Sarah Sands claimed becoming an MP again would be "too laborious" for Mr Johnson.
Meanwhile, Labour MP Diane Abbott has hit out at Mr Johnson and Olympics organisers for failing to ensure jobs at the Games went to black and ethnic minority youngsters.
Ms Abbott claimed Mr Johnson was "a very jolly bloke, but diversity is not his issue.” She also hit out at games organisers Locog, calling their recruitment targets for minorities "derisory" and "scandalous".