Boris Johnson Will Stand For Election As MP In 2015
Wednesday 6th August 2014
Boris Johnson has confirmed that he will stand as an MP in the 2015 General Election.
The Mayor of London said he does not have a seat lined up, but "in all probability", he will look to return to the House of Commons.
Boris Johnson also says he will continue in his role as the Mayor of London until his term ends in 2016.
Making the announcement after a speech about the future of Britain within the European Union, he said:"I haven’t got any seat lined up but I might as well be absolutely clear, in all probability I will try to find somehwere to stand in 2015.
"It is highly likely that I will be unsuccessful in that venture, you should never underestminate the possibility of these things going badly wrong, but I will try that.
"One thing is absolutely clear, I will serve out my mandate here in London."
Mr Johnson has been heavily linked with the safe Conservative seat of Uxbridge in west London, where Sir John Randall is stepping down at the next election.
Asked if his target seat would be within the M25 or in a constituency in the north of England, he said: "This is a matter for the (local Conservative) association. I am not going to presume to talk about which seat I might go for."
The Mayor confirmed to LBC that he would not be taking two salaries if he did serve as an MP as well as Mayor, saying that is not allowed under Parliament rules.
Prime Minister David Cameron was pleased with the announcement, tweeting: "Great news that Boris plans to stand at next year's general election - I've always said I want my star players on the pitch."
The announcement obviously raised the prospect that Mr Johnson could emerge as a challenger to Mr Cameron if the Conservatives are defeated or fail to secure an overall Commons majority.