EXCL David Cameron tells friends he is not planning return to frontline politics
David Cameron has told friends he does not want to return to frontline politics - after rumours of a comeback led to a furious backlash.
The former Prime Minister was reported to be "bored s***less" and wanted to be Foreign Secretary in a future Tory government.
One associate of the former Conservative leader told The Sun: "David is dedicated to public service, and has often said he wouldn’t rule out a public role one day, domestically or internationally. But he is only 52, and still a young man."
That led to severe criticism of Mr Cameron - who quit as Prime Minister after losing the EU referendum - from several Labour figures.
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson told Good Morning Britain: “I think it’s outrageous. I think that guy ran away from a referendum result that he imposed on the country and he had a responsibility to take us through Brexit and the negotiations.
"To just sort of consider coming back as if it’s an entitlement was actually part of the problem we had with David Cameron in the first place."
PoliticsHome has now learned that Mr Cameron has told friends this morning that he had no plans to return to politics and was busy on other projects, including finishing his memoirs.
At the time of his resignation as Prime Minister, he said: "I’ve said before that Britain can survive outside the EU and indeed that we could find a way, now the decision has been made to leave we need to find the best way.
"I will do everything I can to help - I love this country, and I feel honoured to have served it and I will do everything I can in future to help this great country succeed."
Meanwhile, allies of Boris Johnson have also dismissed suggestions that he has given up any hope of becoming Tory leader.
One friend of the former Foreign Secretary told The Sun: "If Boris think the chances are against him, he won’t go for it. He doesn’t want to be humiliated by coming fourth or fifth."
But sources close to Mr Johnson pointed out he still tops the ConservativeHome website's poll of Tory members on who should succeed Theresa May, and also attracted a huge crowd to his speech at last month's Tory conference.