Boris Johnson finally admits 'of course' he will stand in Tory leadership contest to replace Theresa May

BORIS Johnson has finally admitted "of course" he will stand in the Tory leadership contest to replace Theresa May.

The ex-Foreign Secretary will run when the Prime Minister quits, the BBC reports.

Speaking at a business event in Manchester, Mr Johnson said: "Of course I'm going to go for it."

Mrs May said she will resign after the House of Commons backs her Brexit deal.

International Development Secretary Rory Stewart and ex-Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey have already thrown their hat in the ring.

Andrea Leadsom said she is "considering" standing as leader.

Tory heavy hitters also tipped to make a bid for Number 10 include Michael Gove, Amber Rudd, Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab, Jeremy Hunt, Penny Mordaunt and Liz Truss.

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