London mayor Boris Johnson is “virtually certain” to announce a return to Parliament within weeks, it has been claimed.
Sources have told The Sun of the leadership hopeful’s plans to reveal his hand in the Summer — to avoid overshadowing the final Tory conference before the general election:
“Boris knows he needs to make an announcement in the summer, most probably in July.”
With a string of (mostly elderly) Tory MPs willing to vacate their seats, constituencies linked to the Old Etonian have included:
- Louth and Horncastle (Sir Peter Tapsell, majority 13,871)
- North West Hampshire (Sir George Young, majority 18,583)
- Uxbridge and South Ruislip (John Randall, majority 11,216)
- Richmond Park (Zac Goldsmith, majority 4,091)
- His old seat of Henley (majority 16,588) where he has kept his country home
But with Boris apparently minded to stay on at City Hall — keeping an election promise but leaving Londoners with a part-time mayor — Scrapbook reckons that proximity to the capital will vital to avoid a political mauling.
Not that he will give a monkeys once he’s back in the Commons.