Boris Johnson: his political career so far in 60 seconds

He was previously sacked from his role as Shadow Arts Minister for lying to the then party leader Michael Howard about an extra-marital affair, dismissing the allegations as an “inverted pyramid of piffle”.

It would mark an extraordinary journey for a man who came to prominence hosting topical news programmes such as Have I Got News For You.

Take a look back at some of the highlights – and occasional lowlights – of his career to date.