BBC's Laura Kuenssberg reveals Boris Johnson has already promised same top job to four MPs

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Speaking on BBC Politics Live, the BBC Political Editor claimed to have been told by a Tory MP who supports Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign that he has already promised the job of Home Secretary to four different people. Ms Kuenssberg argued the former Foreign Secretary has been spending the last six months trying to get the Conservative parliamentary party to support him in his quest to become the next Prime Minister. 

She said: “I couldn’t help but think that this morning, one of the MPs that supports Boris Johnson said to me: ‘One of the problems is there are already four potential Home Secretaries that have been promised the job by Boris Johnson’.”

The BBC editor added: “It is absolutely the case that Boris Johnson is spending all his time trying to get the parliamentary party on board.

“That is what he’s been doing, that is what he’s been doing for the last six months.

“His team has sort of been parking him in the tea rooms and in his office trying to get people on board.”

It comes as Boris Johnson officially launched his leadership campaign on Wednesday morning. 

Currently the frontrunner for Theresa May’s job as far as the bookies are concerned, Mr Johnson was full of optimism and swept promises about assembling a “team of stars” and focus on “social justice”.

Mr Johnson insisted he doesn’t want a no deal Brexit, but would prepare “vigorously and seriously” to leave without one.

And, he said, the UK will leave the EU on October 31 under his guidance, with or without a deal.

The former Cabinet minister was introduced on stage by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, a surprise new endorsement, who said Mr Johnson was the only candidate who could “out-fight Nigel Farage in every corner of the country”.

He added: “These are extraordinary times, and we need a personality big enough, strong enough and with the political imagination to rise to the historic challenge with which our country is now confronted.”

Taking the stage, Mr Johnson said the Conservative Party’s progress was frozen while Brexit was stuck in a “yellow box junction” at Westminster.

He said: “The people of this country deserve better from their leaders.”

Mr Johnson added: “Let me be clear that I am not aiming for a no-deal outcome.

“It is only if we have the guts and the courage to get ready for it that we will carry any conviction in Brussels and get the deal we need.”

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