ELECTION 2015: News, reaction and pictures
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