ELEC­TION 2015: News, re­ac­tion and pic­tures

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by WIll Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

NEWLY-ELECTED Boris John­son has vowed not to be a ‘part-time MP’ for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip, de­spite plans to serve out his re­main­ing year as Lon­don mayor.

The Con­ser­va­tive, who stormed to victory in the Gen­eral Elec­tion with 50.2% of the vote, said his may­oral role would ben­e­fit con­stituents.

He made the com­ments as he left the elec­tion count at Brunel Uni­ver­sity shortly af­ter 6am on Fri­day, hav­ing cel­e­brated a com­fort­able 10,695 ma­jor­ity win.

Af­ter wish­ing a good morn­ing to a crowd of stu­dent fans wait­ing out­side the build­ing for him, Mr John­son told the Gazette: “I hope peo­ple won’t think that I’ll be a part-time MP, be­cause I will re­ally work very hard, and I think I can be much more use to them with my ex­pe­ri­ence as the mayor of Lon­don.”

He said nei­ther his role as Lon­don mayor nor his other work com­mit­ments, such as writ­ing news­pa­per col­umns, would pre­vent him from giv­ing his full at­ten­tion to his con­stituency du­ties.

He said: “That’s like be­ing the sec­re­tary of state for work and pen­sions, [who] has a seat in Lon­don, as it were, so I think you can do both.”

Mr John­son has not been made a min­is­ter in David Cameron’s new Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment, but will at­tend “po­lit­i­cal cabi­net” meet­ings.

Voter turnout for the con­stituency was 63.59% – up from 60.99% in 2010.

The num­ber of spoiled bal­lots was 103.

In his victory speech, Mr John­son said: “I want to pay par­tic­u­lar trib­ute to the great Sir John Randall, a won­der­ful ser­vant of par­lia­ment, and of this coun­try, and of this con­stituency.

“My am­bi­tion is to fol­low in his foot­steps, and to that end, as I’ve told you be­fore, I bought 12 years ago a pair of shoes from Ran­dalls of Uxbridge.”

He added: “I re­new my pledge to all of you, which I’ve made many times, to work ab­so­lutely flat out.”

Mr John­son vowed to op­pose a third run­way at Heathrow Air­port and promised to cam­paign for money to al­low re­build­ing at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal, as well as promis­ing to lobby to­wards “mit­i­gat­ing the im­pact of HS2 on outer Lon­don”.

n MAK­ING A POINT: Boris John­son makes his victory speech flanked by left, Alan ‘Howl­ing Laud’ Hope and right, Lord Toby Jug

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