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Boris to attend Cameron's cabinet meetings

Boris Johnson outside Downing Street this morning Credit: Tom Calverley/Twitter

London Mayor Boris Johnson will be a member of David Cameron's political cabinet - but not a minister, the Prime Minister has said. The newly-elected member for Uxbridge & West Ruislip was spotted with his cycling gear at Downing Street this morning, as David Cameron appointed his government.

Mr Cameron swiftly revealed the appointment on Twitter. Mr Johnson had not expected to take a big spending department while serving out his final term as London mayor.

Mr Cameron said: "Boris Johnson will be attending my Political Cabinet. As promised, he will devote his attention to his final year as Mayor of London."

Election result expected to boost housing market

The Conservative victory could inject a fresh lease of life into London's prime housing market.

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With Labour's proposed mansion tax on properties worth more than £2 million having drifted out of view, economists and estate agents said they expect to see renewed interest in London's top end property market, which had been showing signs of cooling down.

Sales are predicted to pick up generally, with estate agents saying they expect a busy summer ahead as buyers and sellers who had been holding back enter the market.

We expect the mainstream housing markets to pick up a little momentum over the short term, simply because of greater certainty over the political landscape and economic policy. That is likely to result in an uptick in new buyer enquiries and transaction levels generally.

– Jonathan Adams, Director of prime central London estate agency Napier Watt


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