Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Boris: My Moral Vision for the Tories; ?Mayor Sets out His Stall as Future Leader in Interview with Standard 'Miliband's Never Earned a Penny in Private Sector'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Boris: My Moral Vision for the Tories; ?Mayor Sets out His Stall as Future Leader in Interview with Standard 'Miliband's Never Earned a Penny in Private Sector'

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Byline: exclusive Joe Murphy Political Editor

BORIS JOHNSON today set out a personal vision of "moral purpose" in business and politics.

In comments that will inevitably be seen as setting out his stall as a future Conservative leader, he said wealth creation was there to fund public services such as schools and hospitals.

The Mayor warned that Britain had been "harrowed" by the experience of mass unemployment during the Eighties, and said holding down the jobless queue was "one of the absolute moral triumphs of this Coalition". He urged Tories to embrace the Living Wage campaign to raise the pay of the poorest to PS9.15 an hour in London and PS7.85 elsewhere, saying it should be "front and centre of what we're trying to do".

In an interview with the Standard, he added: "We've got to be pointing out that what we are about is helping people to get a higher standard of living, to improve the quality of their lives."

Mr Johnson who is one of his party's biggest Continued on Page 2 Continued from Page 1 campaign assets today visited the constituency of Hendon to launch the Tory campaign for London with Matthew Offord, defending the smallest Tory majority in the capital.

The Mayor, who is standing for Parliament in Uxbridge and Ruislip South, rallied party workers with a speech and chatted with shoppers. He joked that the Tories were the party of "kitchen ownership" while Labour was the party of "kitchen concealment".

In another day of election battling, Labour refused to rule out dragging thousands of teachers, nurses and police officers into the 40p tax band, after comments by shadow chancellor Ed Balls. The Tories were boosted by 100 business supporters backing them. And a Standard poll reveals huge opposition in London to the Scottish National Party wielding power.

Mr Johnson's interview comes a week after David Cameron revealed he will step down within the next five years. …

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