Johnson tilting for safe Tory seat

Boris Johnson is in the running for the safe Tory seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip

Boris Johnson is in the running for the safe Tory seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip

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Boris Johnson has announced that he will seek to make a Commons comeback as MP for Uxbridge & South Ruislip at the general election.

The London Mayor put an end to speculation over his plans by confirming that he has applied to be the Tory candidate in the safe seat next year.

Mr Johnson signalled his intention to re-enter parliament earlier this month, a move widely interpreted as positioning to take over from David Cameron as Conservative leader in the future.

However, the Prime Minister has insisted he would be delighted to have the Mayor back in parliament, saying he wanted his "star players on the pitch".

Mr Johnson said today that he hoped to "make the case" that he was the best person to represent Uxbridge & South Ruislip, held by Sir John Randall with a majority of 11,000 in 2010.

" I'm sure there will be plenty of excellent candidates and I hope very much to make my case to the association," he told the Evening Standard.

The Conservative candidate for the seat is due to be announced on September 12.

Mr Johnson has said that if he is elected to the Commons next May he will still serve out his term as Mayor, which ends in 2016.

Mr Johnson previously served as MP for Henley for seven years before leaving to take up the City Hall reins in 2008.

In a sign of potential tensions to come, the Mayor risked infuriating Mr Cameron over the weekend by calling for tougher anti-terrorism laws - including a presumption that Britons travelling to Iraq and Syria without notifying UK authorities are engaged in criminal behaviour.

Downing Street has poured cold water on the idea, stressing that police and security services are not "pushing" for such measures.

Labour's London spokesman Sadiq Khan said: "Boris Johnson's announcement is confirmation of how weak David Cameron is and how out of touch the Tories are.

"When millions of people are struggling under a cost of living crisis, the Tories are turning inwards, jockeying for position in a future leadership contest.

"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 failure."

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3:50pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Counterview says...

More fool Uxbridge if they select this man. He wants to relocate Heathrow 40 or so miles away down the Thames estuary. Some commute if you live in Uxbridge. The way Boris blusters on it'll take at least a fortnight to interview him, plus another fortnight for the committee to decide what he's said. At least it'll keep Johnson away from our neck of the woods. Buller, Buller, Bulls***
More fool Uxbridge if they select this man. He wants to relocate Heathrow 40 or so miles away down the Thames estuary. Some commute if you live in Uxbridge. The way Boris blusters on it'll take at least a fortnight to interview him, plus another fortnight for the committee to decide what he's said. At least it'll keep Johnson away from our neck of the woods. Buller, Buller, Bulls*** Counterview
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9:04pm Tue 26 Aug 14

happyguy says...

Yeah but the tory right and other comedians love him.
Yeah but the tory right and other comedians love him. happyguy
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9:01am Wed 27 Aug 14

jenkinsroy says...

LOOK OUT Uxbrige
This man is only after your votes to bring more
Misery to your town and the people there.
He is getting out of where he is now before the **** hits the fan
And he is looking for somewhere to hide when all the plane
He has made for LONDON start to fall apart and they are starting
To fall apart NOW SO STOP and think before you let this IDIOT
Run your town and lives become he will try to run your life for you
And make stupid planes to your way of life just some thinks he like
1 building new home where you do not want them?
2 bringing news laws that help him and not you lot?
3 also he will start to cut even more of your service?
4 and want has been put in place now to be done will be undone by him
Why because he is a man how like thing his way or you get nothing
Remember this is only a small part of him and what he WILL DO?
Ask him when he come to your door what changes he has in store
For your TOWN the first thing he will say is i am not going to change
Anything? Wrong answer BORIS YOU WILL WHEN YOU GET YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR THERE.
So I am someone outside of your town and it does not affect me
One bit I put this on the comments page just to inform you in
Uxbridge and South Ruislip ask him why your town?
This man as an agenda of his own? You will have to ask him what it is
It could be becoming the next priminister GOOD HOPE NOT?
SO ALL YOU IN UXBRIDGE AND SOUTH RUISLIP BE CAREFUL VOTING O.K.
LOOK OUT Uxbrige This man is only after your votes to bring more Misery to your town and the people there. He is getting out of where he is now before the **** hits the fan And he is looking for somewhere to hide when all the plane He has made for LONDON start to fall apart and they are starting To fall apart NOW SO STOP and think before you let this IDIOT Run your town and lives become he will try to run your life for you And make stupid planes to your way of life just some thinks he like 1 building new home where you do not want them? 2 bringing news laws that help him and not you lot? 3 also he will start to cut even more of your service? 4 and want has been put in place now to be done will be undone by him Why because he is a man how like thing his way or you get nothing Remember this is only a small part of him and what he WILL DO? Ask him when he come to your door what changes he has in store For your TOWN the first thing he will say is i am not going to change Anything? Wrong answer BORIS YOU WILL WHEN YOU GET YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR THERE. So I am someone outside of your town and it does not affect me One bit I put this on the comments page just to inform you in Uxbridge and South Ruislip ask him why your town? This man as an agenda of his own? You will have to ask him what it is It could be becoming the next priminister GOOD HOPE NOT? SO ALL YOU IN UXBRIDGE AND SOUTH RUISLIP BE CAREFUL VOTING O.K. jenkinsroy
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