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2014: The Year Boris Johnson Came Clean About His Desire To Be PM

SINGAPORE - NOVEMBER 28: Mayor of London, Boris Johnson speaks during the FinTech event at the ArtScience Museum on November 28, 2014 in Singapore. Mayor Boris Johnson is on a six day trade mission to the Far East to build on his work to create jobs and growth, and promote London as a major investment destination as he leads a trade mission to Singapore, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - NOVEMBER 28: Mayor of London, Boris Johnson speaks during the FinTech event at the ArtScience Museum on November 28, 2014 in Singapore. Mayor Boris Johnson is on a six day trade mission to the Far East to build on his work to create jobs and growth, and promote London as a major investment destination as he leads a trade mission to Singapore, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
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Does Boris Johnson want to be Prime Minister? 2014 was the year that, basically, gave all of us the answer.

Normally, the mayor of London has proved himself to be a master of fudging the issue but over the past 12 months his overarching ambition became pretty clear.

Here's how he has deflected the question in the past...

July 2003: "I'm more likely to be decapitated by a frisbee"

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Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg told LBC radio that Johnson would have to "come clean about the fact he is a much more conventional politician than he likes to appear" if he gets back into Parliament, adding that the London mayor was "absolutely fixated with his own political ambitions".

Johnson has become steadily more brazen in speaking about his ambitions, with few now thinking he just wants to be a humble backbench MP representing the safe Tory seat of Uxbridge and Ruislip.

Here are ten moments this year when the country's most popular Tory couldn't hide his desire to reach the top.

When BoJo said City Hall was a way to boost his CV...

2014: The Year BoJo Came Clean About His Ambitions

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