Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has announced his resignation from the Conservative Party and is joining UKIP.
“My conscience can no longer let me stay within the Tory Party,” said Johnson.
“My own personal values are better represented by UKIP.”
Asked whether he has any leadership ambitions regarding the UKIP party, Johnson replied:
“I am very happy to serve under whoever is elected leader at the UKIP Party Conference in Torquay later this month.
“If they would like to ask me to lead them, I would of course be honoured.”
There are believed to be only two other candidates standing in the UKIP leadership battle in Torquay: Nigel Farage and Basil Fawlty.