Boris: I'm a mop & PM a broom

The darling of the Conservative conference, Boris Johnson, has backed David Cameron, telling delegates he was pleased the PM called him as a "blond haired mop", because his party had to "clear things up" after Labour. He called Mr Cameron "a broom."

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Mop or broom? Boris Johnson's witty speech will feed rumours of a rivalry

The London mayor Boris Johnson got a raucous reception at the Tory conference today feeding the rumours that he could be positioning himself as the next party leader.

He described David Cameron as a broom - apparently a riposte to being called a mop - but the Prime Minister appeared to take it on the chin.

ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby reports:

Boris Johnson is keen to avoid the fate of earlier leaders-in-waiting

by - Political Editor

For a lot of Tories, Boris Johnson is effectively the Conservative party leader-in-waiting.

But Boris is a keen student of political history and he looks back at other leaders-in-waiting, like Michael Heseltine for example, who did not seize the crown.

His speech today was quite carefully calibrated: He was funny; He made them laugh; He teased the Prime Minister; He was quite optimistic and buoyant amid all this economic gloom.

But he didn't stray away from his subject - he concentrated on London and he made sure it could not be seen as a direct leadership pitch.

I think it is in his interests to continue like that because if he does the party will be tempted to deploy him quite heavily in the next election.

Prime Minister tweets photo of his birthday cake

(L-R) David Cameron, Foreign Secretary William Hague and Chief of Staff Ed Llewellyn Credit: Twitter/@David_Cameron

The Prime Minister has tweeted this photo of his birthday celebration with colleagues at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham. He turns 46 today.

He wrote: "Thanks to my team for squeezing in a quick birthday celebration on this v hectic day."

The cakes appear to be 'Giant Colin the Caterpillar Cakes' from Marks & Spencer.

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