Boris Johnson: election "close to the wire"

Boris Johnson after his morning jog before announcing his top team. Photo: PA

In his first interview after being re-elected as London's Mayor, Boris Johnson admitted on London Tonight that the race was close but far from being disappointed, he says he's thrilled to be given another chance to work for London.

The big challenge now is to make sure, in so far as we can create 200, 000 jobs, we get Londoner's into those jobs.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Now, he says wants to concentrate on boosting the economy and getting more Londoners into work. He wants to see more businesses in the capital create jobs for Londoners rather than people coming from outside the city.

He said: "The big challenge now is to make sure, in so far as we can create 200, 000 jobs, we get Londoner's into those jobs.... it's crucial for us now as a city, as a society to look at all the reasons why Londoners in competition with talented energetic people coming from European Union accession countries are not necessarily getting those jobs"

Housing and keeping London moving are also at the heart of his second term, he said. "I've got a mandate now to continue delivering Crossrail, the tube upgrades, schemes to make sure that Londoners are properly housed. We have a massive housing crisis now in this city, we need to build tens of thousands more affordable homes every year"

He rejected the suggestion he might not serve a full four year term because he had plans to oust David Cameron as Prime Minister saying the Mayor of London is "the best job in politics".

To help him deliver his promises to London, the Mayor announced his team today. Among the appointments, Kit Malthouse has been named Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise, Richard Blakeway is Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property and Munira Mirza is Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture.