Ruling nothing out
Tory HQ rushed to deny my story about Boris. Soon after they rushed to un-deny it. Why? Well, see for yourself when you read Boris standing the story up. Here's his statement - I've put the key bits in bold:
"Being Mayor of London would be a fantastic job and anyone who loves London would want to consider the possibility very carefully.
"I want to stress that this idea did not come from David Cameron or from anyone in his office but I have, of course, been very struck by the number of people who have been urging me to run.
"In my case, there are huge obstacles - above all my commitment and responsibility to my constituency. It is hard to see how those difficulties could be overcome - but I am ruling nothing out."