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Boris 'confident' of PM win

Boris Johnson said he was backing David Cameron "all the way" and was "increasingly confident" the Prime Minister would win the 2015 election for the Tories, amid fresh claims about his party leadership ambitions.

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Boris Johnson 'desperately wants to be prime minister'

London Mayor Boris Johnson "desperately wants to be prime minister", according to Downing Street's former spin doctor Andy Coulson.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

He wrote in GQ: "Boris Johnson desperately wants to be prime minister and David has known that fact longer than most.

"When Boris asked me to pass on the message that he was keen to stand as mayor of London, David responded 'Well, if he wins, he'll want my job next'."

Mr Coulson went on: "If proof were needed that our PM is a man untroubled by self doubt, it came in his next sentence - 'so I think he'll be a bloody brilliant candidate for us'.

"Stabbing David, or anyone else for that matter, in the back would be distinctly off brand - just not very Boris. He would much prefer to see David fail miserably in the election and ride in on his bike to save party and country."

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