Boris Johnson will 'in all probability' stand as MP in 2015 general election
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has provided a definitive statement saying that he seeks a return to parliament for the 2015 general election.
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Johnson today said that he will "in all probability" return to parliament as an MP although he does intend to finish his term as London mayor which finishes in 2016, during a European Union Q&A session in London.
He said: “I have not got any particular seat lined up, but I do think in all probability I will try to find somewhere to stand in 2015.
"I have danced around it for a very long time, [people should] never underestimate the possibility of this going badly wrong - I will try".
When asked if he had his eye on any potential seats, Johnson said: “This is a matter for the local Conservative association. I am not going to presume to talk about which seat I might go for.”
This comes after a long week for Johnson which saw a High Court judge rule he was correct to pull ‘anti-gay’ ads from London buses as they were “likely to cause widespread offence to members of the public”.
David Cameron, tweeting during his holiday in Portugal, applauded Johnson for the announcement.
Great news that Boris plans to stand at next year's general election - I've always said I want my star players on the pitch.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) August 6, 2014
This will likely come as bad news for those who designed quirky Mayor of London business cards for Johnson as part of a DesignCrowd competiton earlier this year though.