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Boris shirks constituency move … but may still have home in old seat

Boris Johnson parachuting in

As if there was ever any doubt, Guido (£) has established that Boris Johnson is rather more keen on getting into the Commons via Uxbridge and South Ruislip than he is on actually living there:

Asked by Guido after the meeting whether he would be buying a house in the seat or even moving from his London home in Islington, BoJo said he “wasn’t against the idea” but that it wouldn’t be “happening immediately”.

But despite this snub to his adoptive Conservative Association — not to mention local voters — the London mayor may still own a property in his former Westminster seat. The BBC reported back in March:

While the London Mayor has thrived in the smoke of the capital he also enjoyed the charm of the countryside in his former constituency of Henley-on-Thames which he represented from 2001 to 2008.

He kept his country home there even after standing down.

Do any readers know whether Bozza still maintains an Oxfordshire pile?

‘Inbetweeners’ school to host Boris’ back-to-Westminster selection

The Inbetweeners (and Boris)

With Boris Johnson set to face a vote of Uxbridge and South Ruislip Conservative members in his bid to get back to the Commons this evening, the venue for the selection meeting is Ruislip High School — aka known as the filming location for ‘Rudge Park Comprehensive’ from TV comedy The Inbetweeners.

Despite the expectation management and a newspaper poll which seems to have been gamed by his opponents, the London mayor is red hot favourite to triumph this evening. So in a no-way-tenuous attempt to shoe-horn Inbetweeners animated GIFs onto Scrapbookperhaps we can learn something about the selection from Will, Simon, Jay and Neil.

With Heathrow and HS2 on the doorstep of the constituency, transport is sure to come up. Here’s what Boris thinks about those bendy buses he abolished:

What no Tory members will be asking about at the hustings:

What Number 10 will think about South Ruislip membership if they select Boris:

It’s a 6pm kick off.

Boris Johnson’s idea of being an MP: £400,000 in outside earnings

  • Boris says he’ll run for Westminster in 2015 general election
  • Under pressure over prospect of two jobs: London Mayor and MP
  • In his last year as an MP made £340-405k ‘on the side’

Boris Johnson money

Image: Beau Bo D’Or

With Conservative Association chairmen falling over themselves at the prospect of Boris Johnson as their MP, perhaps it’s worth reflecting what they could be letting themselves in for.

Here are Boris’ registrable outside earnings for the single year to his mayoral election victory in 2008:

  • Column writer in the Daily Telegraph. (£245,001-£250,000)
  • Articles for GQ magazine. (Up to £5,000)
  • Book publishing contract Harper Collins. (Up to £5,000)
  • Book contract from AP Watt publishers. (£30,001-£35,000)
  • Fee from Wall to Wall Media Limited for contribution to television programme. (£20,001-£25,000)
  • Fee from Tiger Aspect Productions for appearance on ‘Dame Edna’ television programme, 22 June 2007. (£5,001-£10,000)
  • Fee from Finland Station for filming television series ‘The Flame of Rome’.

And then there’s the speaking circuit:

  • 20 June 2007, Association of Tobacco. (£5,001-£10,000)
  • 17 July 2007, The Communications Network, Claridges Hotel. (£5,001-£10,000)
  • 27 September 2007, Orange, Claridges Hotel. (£5,001-£10,000)
  • 5 November 2007, SCQuaRE International, London. (£5,001-£10,000)
  • 14 November 2007, Lonestar Limited, Battersea Park Events Arena. (£5,001-£10,000)
  • 20 November 2007, Parliament Communications Limited, PIMS Conference 2007. (£5,001-£10,000)
  • 17 May 2007, speaking engagement for ‘Northern Entrepreneurs Dinner’ at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel. (£10,001-£15,000)

Boris also had some speaking engagements that year at an obscure venue called the ‘House of Commons’.

Apparently some people from Henley in South Oxfordshire had him sound off on 12 occasions at a cost of more than £5,000 per appearance!

Why are Tories using Foreign Office to vet their Russian donors?

Boris Johnson / Russian flag

Boris Johnson is asked a question about the Tories’ vetting of Russian donors on LBC — and immediately opens up another can of worms:

“We’ve done, obviously we are relying heavily on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office because they are leading on this and I’ve had absolutely categorical assurances

“I think I’ve met this gentleman’s wife and she seemed very nice but they’ve checked him/her out as far as they possibly can and we think that he doesn’t come anywhere near this category [of being a Putin crony] and that is reason really.

“I am assured by the FCO and they ought to know.

So … errr … why are taxpayers footing the bill to check the backgrounds of controversial donors to the Conservative Party? Labour are posing the following questions:

  • What checks have CCHQ conducted on Russian donors to the Conservative Party?
  • Which Conservative Party donors have the FCO looked at?
  • How many FCO staff and at what grade have worked on checking Conservative Party donors and over what time period?
  • What advice has the FCO passed on to David Cameron, Boris Johnson and CCHQ, and given this was funded by taxpayers’ money will this now be made public?

The involvement of the Foreign Office is even more intriguing given that the Conservative Party already had their own private vetting arrangements in place, retaining Control Risks Group — an international consultancy specialising in “political, integrity and security risks” — to vet staff and individuals participating in their campaigns.

Getting taxpayer-funded officials to do this would obviously be cheaper.

Has Boris wasted public money on his Westminster comeback bid?

Boris Johnson

A report from the Airports Commission placing a £2bn price tag on moving wildlife habitats for a Thames Estuary airport should surely be the last nail in the coffin for the proposal — dubbed ‘Boris Island’ owing to its support from the London mayor.

But the message seems not to have got through at City Hall, where blind optimism prevails. Boris’ aviation spokesman claims:

“every environmental objection can be answered, every obstacle can be overcome and there is nothing in the evidence published that should prevent the estuary option being shortlisted [by the Commission in September]“

So why is he so keen to keep the Isle of Grain airport plan alive? The answer may lie 50 miles to the west — where the MP in Boris’ ‘perfect safe Commons seat’ has just announced his retirement.

Boris Island faltering increases the likelihood that provision would be made for a spur of High Speed 2 to connect with Heathrow — by emerging from a tunnel right right next to his prospective Uxbridge and West Ruislip constituency.

Indeed, Boris told HS2 campaigners that he objects to the Heathrow spur:

“He agreed that there was no sense building passive provision for the spurs … when no decision had been made on where the country’s hub airport would be and thereby potentially wasting money planning for a part of the route that might never be built.”

With the controversial Heathrow connection closely flanking the constituency on two sides and leading to an increase in aircraft noise pollution across West London, the last thing a 2015 Boris Westminster campaign would need is hundreds of angry HS2 campaigners harrying his every move — especially when he is still London mayor.

What’s more, his administration has spent millions of pounds backing the estuary proposal.

So has Boris wasted taxpayers’ money investigating a long since discredited scheme just to keep the unhelpful politics of HS2 and Heathrow clear of  his Westminster ambitions?

Ex-Boris appointee mocks cancer patient, refuses to apologise

Boris Johnson and Brian Coleman

A former top appointee of London mayor Boris Johnson has refused to apologise after mocking a cancer patient’s condition on Twitter. Brian Coleman — Boris’ chair of the London Fire Authority from 2008 to 2012 — told a prostate cancer sufferer that “it must be the hate in you rather than the cancer which is eating you”.

Having been ejected from the Conservative party for assaulting a woman in the street, Coleman has apparently been adopted by Barnet Rotary Club in North London. Cue the following exchange with Roger Tichborne, who blogs about his condition:

Brian Coleman cancer attack

But speaking to the local Times Series, Coleman insisted the comment was appropriate, refused to apologise — and facetiously suggested that Tichborne’s condition would improve if he stopped blogging and tweeting about him.

“Yes. You’d think his family and friends would tell him … to stop.”

“The man’s so full of hate – for me, for the mayor, for the council. I’m sure if he let all that go, his life and his health would improve.

Scrapbook wonders what charities patronised by Barnet rotarians would think of his remarks.

Their most recent gala dinner was in aid of Cherry Lodge Cancer Care.

Johnson and Livingstone happy reunion

Johnson and Ken Livingstone reunited

It’s good to see Johnson and Livingstone playing nice at today’s Base London infrastructure conference.

Ken Livingstone and Boris’ father Stanley, that is.

Image via Tim Fitch

Awkward hacking conviction timing for Boris ‘codswallop’ Johnson

Sublime timing from Boris …

UPDATE: Not a word from Boris on hacking despite dozens of re-tweets of our question and one from a sitting member of the London Assembly. He did respond to a quip about being fat though …

#AskBoris: Boris responds to question about being fat

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