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London mayor Boris Johnson to stand for MP at 2015 general election

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Local Government

London mayor Boris Johnson to stand for MP at 2015 general election London mayor Boris Johnson to stand for MP at 2015 general election

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said he will "in all probability" stand for parliament at the next general election.

He confirmed this morning, he will "try to find somewhere to stand" in 2015.

Making his announcement, Boris said he would serve the rest of his term as Mayor of London, until 2016.

He has been mayor for the last six years after beating Labour's Ken Livingstone.

He confirmed his intention to stand during a question and answer session at Bloomberg.

He said he had "danced around" the question for long time, but "the likelihood is I am going to have to give it a crack."

Mr Johnson has served as an MP previously, from 2001 to 2008, in Henley.

Responding to the announcement, prime minister David Cameron said on Twitter: "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."

Grant Shapps, Tory party chairman, tweeted: "Served with Boris in parliament when he was last an MP and I'm delighted that he now hopes to return."

However, Labour's Tottenham MP David Lammy was less impressed: "Boris Johnson is already a part-time mayor, now will be even more of one. Always cared more about his ambitions than London's problems."

Announcing his plans this morning, Boris Johnson said: "I think we've danced around it an awfully long time now, and as you know the Prime Minister ages ago said he would welcome me back - very kind of him to say so - and has also been pretty clear that I can't endlessly go on dodging these questions as I've tried to do.

"So, let me put it this way - I have not got any particular seat lined up but I do think in all probability - since you can't do these things furtively, I might as well be absolutely clear - in all probability I will try to find somewhere to stand in 2015.

"It's highly likely I will be unsuccessful in that venture. You should never underestimate the possibility of things going badly wrong but I will try that.

"But one thing that is absolutely clear, I will serve out my mandate here in London."

Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for London, added: “Boris Johnson’s announcement reveals how weak David Cameron is and how out of touch the Tories remain. Rather than focusing on helping the millions of Britons suffering from the cost-of-living crisis, the Tories are increasingly turning inwards, focused on leadership battles to come, with David Cameron powerless to do anything about it.

“As Londoners know to their cost, beneath the bluster Boris Johnson is wedded to the same Tory policies as his Government - the only thing that separates him from David Cameron is his view on who he wants to head their party.

“Today has also shown Londoners that, when they need a mayor prepared to address the big challenges facing their city, Boris Johnson’s priority is succeeding David Cameron rather than serving their interests.

“What Britain needs is a change of direction – for all their squabbles over who leads them, all the Tories offer is more of the same failed policies.”

Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), said: “It is disappointing that the Mayor has announced his intention to run for Parliament next year.

"London business needs and deserves a mayor giving their undivided attention to the problems facing the capital.

“Solving the chronic undersupply of housing that is pricing out skilled workers, delivering a reliable, frequent and expansive transport network fit for a thriving global city, and fighting for the capital to have more autonomy over its own finances and economic future is a full time job.”

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