Wannabe MP Boris gets vote of con­fi­dence

Lon­don mayor backed in Guardian poll

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

LAT­EST polls say more than half of the vot­ers in Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip would vote for Boris John­son if he stood for elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to The Guardian news­pa­per.

Polling ac­tiv­ity ap­pears to have stepped up in re­cent days and a num­ber of peo­ple con­tacted getwest­lon­don.co.uk last week to say they had been asked by phone about their vot­ing in­ten­tions.

The Guardian data – from poll­ster Lord Ashcroft’s or­gan­i­sa­tion and pub­lished on Satur­day, Au­gust 16 – shows that if the Mayor of Lon­don were to stand in the seat va­cated by Sir John Ran­dall, fully 52 per cent of vot­ers would put a cross against his name.

In com­par­i­son, Labour would only get 23 per cent and UKIP 16.

The Boris fac­tor is clearly key to the num­bers, if not the out­come.

Vot­ing in­ten­tions in gen­eral, with­out his name on the bal­lot pa­per, were 42 per cent, 28 per cent and 19 per cent re­spec­tively, still a clear Tory win in a seat that re­turned an 11,000 ma­jor­ity at the last gen­eral elec­tion, but in light of the new poll fig­ures, there is am­ple en­cour­age­ment, if it were needed, for a hotly tipped can­di­date-in­wait­ing who has yet to de­clare.

Sir John told the Even­ing Stan­dard last week that Boris ‘was not a shoo-in’, and said he felt as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers would not be swayed by Boris’s high pro­file.

“I don’t get the feel­ing they are like some con­stituen­cies who’d think ‘wouldn’t it be great, we’ll be fa­mous’,” he told the Stan­dard.

But with odds a week or so ago putting Boris 1-2 on to se­lect Uxbridge, Alex Dono­hue of Lad­brokes said: “As and when [Boris] con­firms, we may as well close bet­ting on who will win the seat.”

So the ‘gang of five’ as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers, all Hilling­don Coun­cil Con­ser­va­tives, who will have to draw up the can­di­date short-list, must ask them­selves would Boris be best for the con­stituency as a hard­work­ing MP or just be­cause he is ‘Boris’?

Could he do two jobs for a year? And could the con­stituency bear to be the ones who turned him down?

And if Boris does get the nod on Fri­day, Septem­ber 12, when the as­so­ci­a­tion meets to name their can­di­date, who could stop him?

n BACKED: Mayor of Lon­don Boris John­son

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