The Mayor of London's latest radio appearance saw him leave the door open to making a bid for Parliament at next year's General Election.
Not on the same scale as "desolate", but the Tories might want to find some more positive "D" words to describe The North.
A politician once noted for his pointed interventions has been rather well-behaved of late. You'd almost think there had been a deal.
Sources close to Boris Johnson say the Mayor of London is still undecided as to whether to run as a Conservative candidate at the General Election next year.
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has dismissed David Cameron's appeal for Boris Johnson to become an MP again as the latest storyline in a "Conservative Party soap opera" that is "very difficult to follow".
Mr Cameron's comments have refueled speculation that Mr Johnson may bid for a return to Parliament at the General Election next year.
The Liberal Democrat leader said while his fellow Coalition leaders and the Mayor of London spent time sorting out "who's doing what in the Conservative Party" he would carry on "concentrating on completing the economic recovery as fairly as possible".
David Cameron has made a plea for Boris Johnson to return to Parliament and join the Conservative Party election campaign in Westminster.
In an interview with James Corden, who was guest editing The Sun for Sport Relief, the Prime Minister said he thought the Mayor of London was "great", and said "there is nothing ignoble about wanting my job":
I want him to get back in Parliament. I think he's great.
It's a bit like football - if you have got a great striker you want him on the pitch.
It's up to him. He can complete as Mayor, or he can stay on as Mayor and come back to the House. I want him on the team
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said he was shocked and saddened to hear about the death of union leader Bob Crow.
Paying tribute to the improvements in London Underground made by his political opponent, he said his death leaves a massive gap behind and praised his indefatigable defence of his members views and interests.
A spokesperson for Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: "The Mayor's Office takes the findings of the independent Ellison Review very seriously and we intend to take the time to digest the report in full.
"The report contains profound and disturbing findings related to the Stephen Lawrence investigation and subsequent inquiries. All allegations must be investigated fully and those responsible held to account.
"We recognise the serious impact these findings could have on public confidence in the police, and it is essential we have a Met police that is trusted and respected by all Londoners."
Prince Harry has launched a new sporting event for injured British servicemen after being inspired by a similar event in the US.
The prince unveiled the Invictus Games alongside Boris Johnson and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond at the Olympic Park in east London.
Harry has been working to bring the event to the UK after seeing British veterans competing in the Warrior Games in the US last year.
He joked that it was "such a good idea by the Americans that it had to be stolen".
Boris Johnson is being urged by allies of David Cameron to stand for the next election as a Conservative candidate, according to The Times (£).
Chancellor George Osborne is said to have personally delivered the message that Mr Johnson should run, in what is seen as an attempt to call his bluff.
According to the newspaper, the London Mayor is now believed to be weighing up whether to return to the Commons, since only elected MPs can run in a leadership election.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage should not be included in political TV debates, says Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
Speaking as one of the guests on The Agenda with Tom Bradby to be broadcast on ITV tonight, the mayor said:
"I don't think how you can justify that as he doesn't actually have any MPs in Parliament. That seems to be the problem there." Asked if Nick Clegg should take part, he said:
"There are rules about this surely...The best thing possible would be head to head with Ed Miliband to expose the total vacuity of his policies that would take this country backwards and undo a lot of the work that's been done."
Other guests on tonight’s programme are Fiona Shaw, Theo Paphitis and Victoria Coren Mitchell. Topics discussed are women at work, welfare and the Church, and political debates.
Watch The Agenda on ITV at 10.35 pm tonight
London Mayor Boris Johnson will join ITV's Political Editor Tom Bradby on tonight's edition of The Agenda at 10:35pm on ITV.
Also joining him on the panel will be the entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, the actress Fiona Shaw and the journalist and comedien Victoria Coren Mitchell.
They will be discussing welfare, women in the workplace and live TV debates.