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London mayor's father urges Tory leadership rule change

Boris Johnson's father said Conservatives from outside the Commons should be allowed to stand for leadership of the party.

Stanley Johnson denied he was calling for the change at the request of his son, who is an ex-MP and tipped as a future leader.

He said the move was "hypothetical" since the party would win the 2015 election with David Cameron in charge.

But the call nonetheless fuelled speculation about his son's prospects.

  • 18 Mar 2014
  • From the section London