U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's allies are rallying around her as criticism mounts of her Brexit strategy.
But the big event at the Conservative Party conference on Tuesday will be the appearance of May's rival, and contender for leadership of the party and the nation, Boris Johnson.
The former foreign secretary addressed party delegates at a fringe event at the conference in Birmingham, England, telling them that he wanted to "stop a ridiculous seeping away of our self-belief.
He said the EU is, and always will be, important to the U.K. but that too much of the country's previous focus had been on the bloc."
Johnson's speech was frequently applauded by the audience and his comments were closely followed for signs that he is preparing to launch a leadership bid. He joked about such speculation himself, saying that Chancellor Philip Hammond's prediction that Johnson would never be prime minister was "one of the first treasury forecasts in a long time to have a distinct ring of truth."