Boris Johnson has ended months of speculation by confirming he plans to stand as MP in next year’s general election.
But he will also see out his term as London Mayor, which ends in 2016.
He made the announcement today following a speech in which he outlines his stance on the future of Britain’s involvement in the EU.
“I haven’t got any particular seat lined up,” he said. “But I do think that in all probability I try will find somewhere to stand in 2015.”
“But one thing that is absolutely clear is that I will serve out my mandate here in London,” he added.
The Conservative has been linked with a number of seats, including Uxbridge and South Ruislip, but gave no further details of where he aims to stand.
'Worst kept secret'
Independent Whitehall editor Oliver Wright described the announcement as ‘the worst kept secret’ adding that it has been expected for the last two years.
He describes Boris as ‘highly ambitious’ with his eye on Conservative leadership.
“In order to do that he needs to be back in parliament,” he said.
“If the Conservatives lose the next election I have no doubt that he will stand for the leadership and if he does stand for the leadership I just don’t see how he can stay as Mayor of London.”
Can Boris do two jobs at the same time?
Val Shawcross, Labour (Lambeth and Southwark), said Boris acting as mayor and an MP would be a ‘really serious problem’ for London.
“He’s going to take his eye off the ball. I don’t think he’s got a good legacy to leave for London”, she added.
But Andrew Boff, leader of the GLA Conservative Group, described London as ‘positive’ and optimistic’ with Boris Johnson ‘at its helm’.
“What we need is more voices in the Commons that have that London experience”, he added.
Do Londoner’s share Boris’s views of the EU?
Boris spoke about his stance on the future of Britain within the EU calling for a renegotiation of ties with Brussels.
Would quitting the EU be a good or bad thing for London?
Andrew argued that Britain should be making stronger ties with non-EU countries but Val said Britain should stay within the EU.
Oliver added that Boris has gone further than the prime minister when expressing his views.
Has Boris taken on too many roles?
The London Mayor’s numerous roles have been a problem throughout his career, said Oliver.
“It has been an enormous side show”, he added.
What will Boris’s legacy be for London?
Where will Boris stand as MP?
The London Mayor has not yet confirmed where he aims to stand but he has been connected to seats in Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
But Oliver added that the Conservative could also look outside of London, with Andrew Lansley’s Cambridge seat possibly up for grabs.
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