Boris Johnson turns his back on Croydon

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, will not be the next MP for Croydon South.

Well not that much: Boris Johnson has ruled out running for parliament in Croydon

Well not that much: Boris Johnson has ruled out running for parliament in Croydon according to a magazine report

That’s according to a report in tomorrow’s edition of The Spectator, the magazine that Johnson edited for six years, until 2005.

There has been some speculation that BoJo was scouting around for a safe Tory seat in the London area. For him to challenge to become the leader of the Conservative party, Johnson – whose term as Mayor of London runs until 2016 – would need to be an MP.

And Croydon South fits the bill, with the current MP, arch-expenses claimer Lord Bletchingley, having said he would retire before the 2015 general election.

But the usually well-informed (in matters Boris) Spectator report appears to scupper Johnson having any chance of succeeding David Cameron as the next Tory party leader if, as seems likely, “Call Me Dave” fails for a second time to win an outright majority for the Conservatives at a general election.

“The Mayor of London has told the Cameron circle that he will not seek to return to the Commons in a pre-2015 by-election, nor will he stand at the general election,” The Spectator reported on its website tonight.

Johnson, the magazine reported, “has told friends that he has no desire to spend three years serving under Cameron. He reasons that if Cameron loses, creating a Tory leadership vacancy, he’ll be able to persuade an MP to rapidly stand aside for him”.

The Spectator specifically mentions Richard Ottaway‘s seat: Conservative HQ “was distinctly concerned about the possibility of him standing in Croydon South”, they say.

Johnson’s decision could leave the way clear for the Home Secretary, Theresa May – the woman who once described the Conservatives as “the nasty party” – as the leading contender to replace Cameron.

Cameron’s leadership was today again the subject of damning criticism from a former party chairman, Lord Cashcroft, the one-time employer of Gavin Barwell, now the Croydon Central MP.

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4 Responses to Boris Johnson turns his back on Croydon

  1. Not the first time Boris has turned his back on Croydon

  2. Boris may be a buffoon: but he’s no fool.
    Beneath that blond mop (what does his barber do for a living?) pulses an astute political brain.
    The Olympics taught Boris what Ken Livingstone already knew: that the Mayor of London has a significantly higher profile than the Prime Minister and in terms of international recognition, is streets ahead of anyone else in the cabinet, let alone the shadow cabinet.
    I’m told many of the electorate can’t tell the difference between George Osborne and Ed Balls – good news if you’re George.
    I suspect Boris will look at his options again after the General Election: why would he want to lead a Tory administration, with or without coalition partners, less still an opposition, and spend most of his time refereeing between the factions in his own party.
    Instead he could go for a third term in London, where he is undisputed king of the castle, and where he will continue his so-far successful campaign to wrest power from the London boroughs.

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