Over the weekend I have lost count of the number of people who asked me whether I thought Boris would stand. My reply each time was that I hadn't got a clue. Well now we know. Between now and noon, the other candidates have to decide whether there is any point in putting themselves forward. My advice to them - with one exception - would be that they shouldn't bother.
Over the last few months I have interviewed most of the other potential candidates on 18 Doughty Street. I've been impressed by their commitment and enthusiasm, but none of them stand a chance against Boris, with one exception. The exception is Steve Norris.
The reason I hope Steve still decides to stand is that Boris needs to be tested and Steve is just the man to provide the test. In addition, Steve could actually beat Boris to the nomination or be there to pick up the pieces if for whatever reasons Boris's candidacy self combusts.
Nozzer v Bozzer. It would be a fascinating contest and bring the Conservative Party in London to life.
UPDATE: Boris to launch his campaign at 2pm.
UPDATE: Tory Radio is conducting a phone in - where people can leave a message on 0845 257 0 427 leaving a message, "I'm backing Boris because....." Go on, you know you want to...
UPDATE: Boris's campaign website is HERE.
UPDATE: Rumour is that Steve Norris is NOT running...
UPDATE: Guido explains HERE why Boris will win