Boris Johnson refuses to say if he plans to stand as MP in 2015
London mayor dodges questions on BBC’s World at One about whether he plans to re-enter parliament and combine two jobs.
Boris Johnson has repeatedly dodged questions over whether he is planning to stand as an MP next year and combine it with his job as London mayor, despite having promised not to do that.
The London mayor was asked three times on the BBC’s World at One about whether he intends to re-enter parliament, after a survey of Londoners found that they would want him to quit rather than do both jobs at once.
He refused to answer on each occasion, merely saying that he would make sure London has an ultra-low emissions zone whatever happens.
The survey for the Evening Standard found that just 37% of Londoners thought it would be reasonable for Johnson to combine the two jobs, while 43% thought he should wait for the end of his second term as mayor in May 2016 before going back to Westminster.
There has been speculation that Johnson has his eye on the seat of former Conservative deputy chief whip John Randall, who is standing down as the MP for Uxbridge & South Ruislip at the next general election.
Johnson said when he was seeking re-election as mayor in 2012 that the job “cannot be combined with any other political capacity”. However, he has sparked repeated speculation about whether he will return next year, especially after writing last year that the debate on Syria made him feel that “for the first time in years I wished I was in parliament”. He has since declared himself “sick” of the subject, but continues to prevaricate over the issue, much like he will not rule out running to succeed David Cameron as the next leader of the Conservatives.
Asked on the World at One about his intentions, Johnson said: “I’m getting on with my job as mayor of London delivering the ultra-low emission zone.”
Pressed about whether he would stand down as mayor if he became an MP, Johnson replied: “I will certainly make sure that whatever happens we will have the ultra-low emission zone.”
And asked a third time, he continued: “What I can tell you is that I will deliver my mandate as mayor of London and I will continue to promote the ultra-low emission zone and you won’t feel a thing. What sort of car have you got?”