The Prime Minister has hinted that talks are under way over a return to Parliament for Boris Johnson.
David Cameron said he had had discussions about a possible return with the London Mayor, although he stressed that a decision had not yet been taken.
Asked how likely a return was, Mr Cameron said:
"That's up to Boris. I've had this conversation with Boris and my message to him is 'You're a brilliant Mayor of London, you've done a great job, you've got a lot more to give to public life, and it would be great to have you back in the House of Commons at some stage, contributing to public life'. But that's up to him, but I'll certainly be giving him a warm welcome."
Asked if Mr Cameron could see his former Eton schoolmate make a comeback as a Member of Parliament at the next election, he replied:
"Absolutely - but that's a matter for him. I think he needs to think about - it's his plan. All I know that he's a massive asset to the country, a massive asset to the Conservative Party. We could make a very strong team together, we do today."
Also quizzed on whether there was a potential job for Mr Johnson within the party, Mr Cameron said:
"Obviously, this is all dependent on what Boris wants to do - whether he wants another term, whether he wants to become an MP.I think he's got an enormous amount go give to public life, and I don't think he's given up on that idea either. So I think we're quite well aligned if I can put it that way."
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