London Mayor Boris Johnson is finding no obstacles in his bid to return to Westminster at the 2015 general election. The conservative politician sailed to victory to become Tory candidate for election at Uxbridge and South Ruislip at next year’s general election at the first count of votes, without the need for a second count.
Johnson said he was “obviously thrilled” to have been selected, and said that he was confident the Conservatives will win a majority at the coming general election.
He said: “It will be a tough fight, it will be a long fight, but I have no doubt whatever that we are going to be able to return David Cameron and the Conservatives with an absolute majority in 2015.”
Speaking about concerns over remaining London Mayor for the first year of his likely return to the commons, Johnson said: “It has been done before and I see no reason why it shouldn’t be done again.
“This is act one, scene one of a very long process and what I have got to do now is have a lot of talks with people here in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, get to know people, get to know the association better.”
But Labour’s shadow minister for London and potential mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, said that Johnson’s move put personal ambition first and would mean he would become a “lame duck mayor”.
According to the BBC, Khan said: “When Boris Johnson should be fixing London’s desperate housing crisis, he will instead be spending the next two years campaigning to be an MP and Tory leader.”