Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Boris Rules out Standing as MP in 2015 Saying 'I Already Have a Job'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Boris Rules out Standing as MP in 2015 Saying 'I Already Have a Job'

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Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor

BORIS JOHNSON today said he is not looking to stand as an MP at the 2015 general election.

Asked to declare his intentions, the Mayor told LBC 97.3: "The answer is I'm sticking to my job I was elected to do in 2012." Mr Johnson's second term as Mayor lasts until 2016.

His statement came as the MP for Henley lashed out angrily at claims that Mr Johnson was plotting to pinch his seat to stand in 2015.

John Howell said rumours that he could be ousted to provide a safe berth for the Mayor were "utter bollocks" and that he was going nowhere.

Mr Howell said Mr Johnson phoned to soothe the row and told him: "I do not swim in the same river twice" meaning that he had no desire for a comeback to Henley, the seat he represented from 2001 to 2008.

After a weekend of claims of infighting between Mr Johnson and George Osborne, the Mayor said : "I am so sick of this subject I think I'm going to expire sometimes. …

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