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Support growing for Boris leadership bid
9 Oct 2005Support is growing for Boris Johnson's bid for the interim Conservative leadership, DeadBrain can reveal. The occasional MP, sometime magazine editor and frequent media celebrity has yet to formally announce his candidacy, but he already has a weighty campaign behind him.
The Campaign for the Advancement of Boris Johnson has gone into overdrive as the leadership contest hots up. Going one better than Michael Portillo's previous attempts, it has set up a dedicated call centre in Bengal, which cold-calls potential supporters. Several high-profile personalities have signed up already, including Patrick Kielty, The Bill's Todd Carty and Vanessa Feltz.
Campaign spokesman Lord Douglas of Ramsbottom told DeadBrain that things were looking good. "I'm very positive, I think the campaign is going very well so far," he said. "Boris hasn't even declared yet and already we have some of the most well-known stars of television behind us. I'm in talks with Cat Deeley as well."
Opinion polls show public recognition of Boris to be far greater than that of the other candidates, and when asked if they would prefer him to be interim leader over his competitions 73% said yes.
Political support has also been forthcoming from all sides. The prominent Lib Dem Lembit Opik said he was "proud" to join the campaign; former Labour ministers Steven Byers and Geoffrey Robinson have signed up; and Tory heavyweight Nicholas Soames has had lunch with campaign officials no fewer than five times.
In what could be a decisive move, former alleged interim Conservative leader Iain "Duncan" Smith is also rumoured to be considering backing Boris. His band of supporters – Betsy Duncan Smith – is likely to vote with him: that would be a significant boost, said one insider.
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