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Tory conference celebrates Olympic success

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Video: Boris Johnson's speech to the Tory conference

Not many people can wish a Prime Minister "Happy Birthday" in one breath - and in the next call him "a broom" - and get a round of applause for both.

But that was Boris Johnson's opening gambit in his speech today to the Conservative Party Conference.

The mayor then ran through his highlights of the year: the Olympics (which he said showed that Britain is a "confident, can do" country) transport, housing, policing and his own re-election.

Critics and supporters were wondering if the speech would be Boris's pitch to un-seat David Cameron.

So how did delegates take it?

Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports.

Boris stresses loyalty to Cameron

Boris Johnson has used his platform speech to the Conservative Party Conference to insist he is completely loyal to David Cameron, hailing the "fantastic job" he is doing as Prime Minister.

Boris made a point of singling Mr Cameron out for praise, in response to speculation that he was positioning himself as a future leader of the Conservatives.

He commended the Prime Minister for his "firm leadership" and his ability to make "tough decisions", before predicting that he would lead the Tories to victory in a general election scheduled for 2015.

I was please to see that you called me a blond-haired mop in the papers. If I am a mop, David Cameron, you are a broom - a broom that is clearing up the mess left by the Labour government, and a fantastic job you are doing.

"I congratulate you and your colleagues George Osborne the dustpan, Michael Gove the J-cloth, William Hague the sponge. It is the historic function of Conservative governments over the last 100 years to be the household implements on the floor of the house, so effective at clearing up after the Labour binge has got out of control."

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.

Tories queue to hear Boris

Delegates at the Conservative Party Conference are queuing up for Boris Johnson's keynote speech this morning.

The queue to get into the conference hall this morning. Credit: London Tonight.
Delegates appear particularly eager to hear Mr Johnson's keynote speech. Credit: London Tonight.
The queue is stretching out over two levels of the building. Credit: London Tonight.


Ken Clark tells Boris to 'get back to the day job'

Veteran cabinet minister Ken Clarke has told Boris Johnson to "calm down" and "get back to the day job".

There has been growing speculation that Boris is positioning himself as a future leader of the Conservatives, following criticism of the government's stance on issues such as airport expansion.

But Ken Clarke told a fringe event that Boris needed to "settle down and demonstrate he can seriously deliver on some complicated subjects".

"My advice to Boris is get back to the day job and demonstrate you can be a serious leader of a local large city government and a serious deliverer of policy," he added.

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