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Tory wars: Cameron invites Boris to have a go, if he thinks he’s hard enough

I’m not sure how many winnable Tory seats still need a candidate, but the Prime Minister has invited the Mayor of London to get in the ring. Here’s what he said in an interview with James Corden, who was guest editing The Sun for Sport Relief:

Screen Shot 2014-03-21 at 07.54.15Corden: If you are in a room together, like even if you are at the Olympic stadium and he [Boris] is sat the other side of the stadium…

Cameron: …he still makes me laugh…

Corden: …and you are sat the other side can you feel his eyes piercing at you going… Ghaaaaaaar – I want your job!?!

Cameron: That is brilliant. No. It wouldn’t be a great job to have if people didn’t want it. There is nothing ignoble about wanting my job. But I thought he did brilliantly over the Olympics. He helped create that sense that this was a great time for Britain.

Corden: That is what I mean. Is that not annoying.

Cameron: No.

Corden: Really?

Cameron: Definitely honestly no. I promise you, honestly no.

Corden: So am I right in thinking he has to run in the next election?

Cameron: That is what I think he should do. I want to get him back in Parliament, I think he is a great. It a bit like football as we said earlier, if you have got a great striker you want him on the pitch. It is 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.

Interestingly, Cameron talks as if it’s a given that Boris is out for his job. ‘It wouldn’t be a great job to have if people didn’t want it. There is nothing ignoble about wanting my job,’ he said. Quite so.

But that’s not the same thing as having him on the team.

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