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The London Mayor has mischievously hinted at an interest in being Prime Minister.
Boris Johnson pointed out to the conference that one French politician had managed to hold the office while still being mayor of Bordeaux.
And the Prime Minister did not seem to mind the idea of Mr Johnson returning to Westminster, as ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:
The Prime Minister appeared to have enjoyed the speech by Boris Johnson at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester today.
David Cameron was photographed laughing heartily at gags made by the London mayor.
Mr Cameron told ITV News today he intends to serve a full second term if he is re-elected Prime Minister in 2015.
David Cameron joked his blood pressure is going "off the chart" as he makes the final preparations for his keynote speech to the Conservative Party conference tomorrow.
The Prime Minister joked with a nurse as he toured a medical centre in Manchester to highlight a new scheme to extend GP surgery hours.
Chatting with practice sister Julie Lees at the Range Medical Centre, Mr Cameron said he should "set a good example" to the public by having a flu jab but would not "because I've got my speech tomorrow".
"Don't take my blood pressure today either. I think that would probably be off the chart with the worry," he joked.
Forcing benefits claimants to spend 35 hours a week applying for a job will "end the something for nothing culture", Iain Duncan Smith said today.
Mr Duncan Smith told the Conservative Party conference that the pilot scheme, which will make the long-term unemployed who cannot find work attend a job centre, would be targeted at those who looked as if they are about to drop out of the Work Programme.
It will ensure the long-term unemployed visit mandatory attendance centres at their local job centre to apply for interviews from 9am to 5pm every week day, the Work and Pensions Secretary said.
"Alongside what we have already done with mandatory work programme and our tougher sanctions regime, this marks the end of the something for nothing culture," he added.
A "parallel universe" with a Labour-Lib Dem coalition in power would mean three-day electricity blackouts, votes for prisoners and soaring taxes, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has said.
Imagining what could have happened had the Tories not become the senior coalition partners, Mr Pickles warned of a "dour" Gordon Brown as Prime Minister, cursing Tony Blair and listening to the advice of former spin doctor Damian McBride and "policy wonk" Ed Miliband.
He told the party conference that the Cabinet would have featured disgraced ex-Lib Dem minister Chris Huhne - elevated to "Lord Huhne of Wormwood Scrubs" - championing prisoner voting rights and "Baron" Len McCluskey, with the Unite leader abolishing Margaret Thatcher's trade union reforms.
"In reality, Gordon may be absent. But they are the same old Labour Party," Mr Pickles added.
More than a third of Brits believe the state of the economy has got better over the last three months, according to the ITV News Index carried out by ComRes.
Of those surveyed, 35% said the UK economy is better than it was three months ago - the highest on record for the ITV News/ComRes poll.
That compares to 30% who felt it had got worse over that period, marking the lowest level on record for the survey.
The poll's release follows Chancellor George Osborne's conference speech in which he vowed to keep cutting public spending to create a budget surplus in the next Parliament.
David Cameron said he would give London Mayor Boris Johnson "a warm welcome" if he decides to return to Parliament.
The Prime Minister told ITV News' deputy political editor Chris Ship: "I think he's got a huge contribution to make.
"Whenever Boris wants to, he'll get a warm welcome from me".
London Mayor Boris Johnson said a Labour Government "is the greatest barrier to competitiveness" in the UK.
However, when he asked what the greatest threat was during his conference speech, a silence fell over the hall.
As someone shouted out that it was visas he exclaimed, "Not visas! Much worse than visas. What is the greatest threat we face? Come on folks - pay attention!"
Eventually a delegate got the correct answer and was met with applause and cheers.
Boris Johnson reminded Tory conference delegates of his prediction that last year's London Olympics and Paralympics would spur a baby boom.
He told the Conservative Party conference: "I prophesied that the athletes had moved the people of this country to such paroxysms of excitement on the sofas of Britain that they had not only inspired a generation, but probably helped to create one as well."
"Like all my predictions and promises, I have delivered, in that GLA demographics say live births in London will be 136,942, which is more than in any year since 1966 when England won the World Cup."
London Mayor Boris Johnson highlighted celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's comments about the work ethic of British young people during his conference speech.
Mr Oliver praised European immigrants in August, saying they are much "tougher" workers than the "wet behind the ears" young Brits.
Mr Johnson asked delegates, "What if he has half a point? Or a quarter of a point?"
He said if that indeed was the case, "don't we need Iain Duncan Smith to get on reforming the welfare system and ensuring you're always better off in work than out of it?"
"And if it's to do with education ... then don't we need Michael Gove to get on with his heroic work of restoring rigour and realism to the classroom?"