How colleagues, critics and Tory members view the man most likely to enter Downing Street.

Tie askew, hair mussed into a state of tonsorial turmoil, one sock inside out, Boris Johnson is facing his first major audition for the job he has craved all his life. He knows what is coming. "Why were the police called to your house in the early hours of Friday morning?" asks Iain Dale, the moderator of last month's Conservative leadership hustings in Birmingham. An uneasy murmur spreads along the gathered rows of party members.

"I don't think people want to hear about that kind