Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership hopes were dealt a blow today by a new opinion poll.
The survey cast doubt on the mayor’s ability to boost his party’s chances at the ballot box.
More Londoners (21%) would be put off backing the Conservatives with Boris Johnson in charge than would be more likely to (19%)
And more than half (53%) said it would make no difference
The lukewarm reaction comes a week after the prime minister name-checked the mayor as a possible successor.
The mayor appears to have a greater appeal among younger voters.
The survey suggests 28% of Londoners aged between 25 and 34 would be more likely to vote Tory if he was leader.
The mayor is due to take a leading in role in the Conservative campaign in London. Tory leaders are relying on a ‘Boris Bounce’ to safeguard crucial marginal seats like Hendon, Croydon Central and Ealing Central & Acton.
Johnson is also standing as the candidate in Uxbridge and South Ruislip where the Tories had a majority of more than 11,000 in 2010