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Sales surge suggests Uxbridge 'says yes to Boris'

A recent sales surge in t-shirts suggests Uxbridge says yes to Boris' plans to try to run for Parliament in next year's general election.

ITV News Political Correspondent Simon Harris tweets from Uxbridge:

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Unofficial T-shirt poll latest...Uxbridge says no to Boris (but one was bought by Labour's candidate) @itvlondon http://t.co/SqaH04S0D9

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However a recent sales surge suggests Uxbridge says yes is closing the gap! @itvlondon http://t.co/kc5oFD0NQR

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Tricycle theatre 'have decided to punish Jewish people'

A row has erupted after north London's Tricycle theatre refused to host the UK Jewish Film Festival because it is sponsored by the Israeli Embassy.

After the theatre said the festival should not accept funding from "any party to the current conflict" between Israel and Palestinians, the UK Jewish Film Festival said the Tricycle's demands were "entirely unacceptable" and it was taking its screenings elsewhere.

The festival was backed by actress Maureen Lipman, who said: "The Tricycle have decided to punish Jewish people in the diaspora for one view of what is taking place in the Middle East and that is quite unacceptable."

Actress Maureen Lipman said the theatre has "decided to punish Jewish people".
Actress Maureen Lipman said the theatre has "decided to punish Jewish people". Credit: PA

National Theatre director, Nicholas Hytner, backed the Tricycle's stance, saying they "could not have made clearer their commitment to Jewish culture or their desire to host a festival that would have included films from all over the world, including Israel."

"It is entirely understandable that they felt obliged to insist that no government agency should sponsor the festival.

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Summers: I would relish the chance to take on Boris

Following Boris Johnson's announcement today, that he plans to stand in the 2015 general election, Chris Summers, Labour PPC for Uxbridge & South Ruislip, said he "would relish the chance" to take on the Mayor in a "head-to-head debate".

If Boris Johnson is parachuted into Uxbridge & South Ruislip I think many voters will feel that they have been taken for granted.

I would relish the chance to take on Boris in a head-to-head debate about the issues facing the people of Uxbridge & South Ruislip - the cost-of-living crisis; the future of the NHS and growing waiting lists; crime and police cutbacks; HS2; Heathrow; step-free access to the Tube; and especially the London housing crisis, which he has done so little to tackle as Mayor.

– Chris Summers

"Let him try his hand in Uxbridge and South Ruislip. I'm up for the challenge," he added.

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Boris: Cameron 'largely' behind plan to run as MP in 2015

Boris Johnson has said it was "largely" David Cameron's idea for him to run as an MP at next year's general election.

The Mayor of London told ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship that he made the announcement today because people were "fed up" of "pussyfooting around" about his future.

Discussing the Prime Minister's views, Mr Johnson claimed it was "largely at his instigation" that he had decided to try to return to Parliament.

Video: Boris: 'I can't endlessly go on dodging these questions'

Your views: London needs a dedicated mayor

If Boris returns to Westminster, do you think he can successfully juggle two jobs at once? Get in touch on Facebook, or tweet us.

Paul Claridge: "Funny how he seems to assume that he's going to win the election for whichever constituency he decides to stand for. London needs a dedicated mayor, not a part time one."

Pamela Boulton: "No he can't do the ONE he has god forbid."

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@itvlondon he can do both - As long as he gets 50% of the vote. His rules

Boris standing as MP is a 'snub' to Londoners

In response to Boris Johnson’s announcement today, that he plans to stand in the 2015 election, Len Duvall, Leader of London Assembly Labour Group, said the decision is a "snub to Londoners".

She said: “It is clear that Boris saw the Mayoralty as a nothing more than a stepping stone to help build his public profile and his record at City Hall reflects that."

Boris has previously stated that being Mayor of London was the 'greatest job in the world'. However, it is clear he no longer thinks that.

Boris will be utterly distracted for the next two years – fighting an election campaign then as an MP, if successful.

All this at a time when Londoners – who are suffering a severe housing crisis, cuts to police and fire services, and some of the worst air quality in Europe – will need strong leadership most.

– Len Duvell

“Londoners deserve better than a part-time Mayor who is more concerned with his own political ambitions than leading their city," she added.

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Strong support among Tory MPs for Boris plan

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Tory MPs have strongly welcomed the news that Boris Johnson plans to run for Parliament in next year's general election.

Former Welsh Secretary David Jones called the announcement "unalloyed good news", while Enfield MP Nick de Bois said Mr Johnson could potentially bring high level executive experience to the Tory team.

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Backbencher Anne Marie Morris claimed the response to the move from other parties showed they were "rattled" by the idea of Mr Johnson returning to Parliament.

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Labour & Lib Dem reaction to Boris' announcement merely confirms that he has made the right decision #Rattled

Read: David Cameron: 'Great news' that Boris plans to stand

RMT: London have been taken for fools by Boris' lies

In response to Boris Johnson's announcement today, that he plans to run for Parliament in next year's general election, Mick Cash, acting general secretary of tube union RMT, said London has been "taken for fools" by his "lies".

Once again the people of London have been taken for fools by Boris Johnson and his lies and broken pledges.

The same Boris Johnson who told us he wouldn’t close tube ticket offices also told us he would complete his full term as Mayor without a return to Parliament, a pack of lies on both counts.

London now looks like being lumbered with a lame duck Mayor until 2016 while Boris jumps ship to fulfill his personal political ambitions.

– RMT

"It is a shocking and sordid way to treat the people of London and will add fuel to RMT’s demands for a halt to job and service cuts on the tube," he added.

'We've always known Boris wants to be next Tory PM'

Talking about Boris Johnson's plans to stand in the 2015 election, former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said: "It's the worst kept secret ever. We've always known Boris wants to be the next Tory prime minister."

On all the polls the Tories are going to lose next year. If he's not in Parliament, someone else will get that job. By the time they've done their time Boris will be like me, drawing his pension, so this is his last chance.

Boris has always lied about everything in those two elections. The debates, I even remember him promising fares would come down under him.

Whenever he was pushed by any interviewer or by me or Brian it was 'Oh no, inconceivable, more likely martians will land on earth than I'll ever be prime minister'. He lied consistently.

– Ken Livingstone

"People knew that. I think most people knew he wasn't telling the truth but he's entertaining and they didn't mind," he added.

Your views: 'Boris can't do one job he's got now'

If Boris returns to Westminster, do you think he can successfully juggle two jobs at once? Get in touch on Facebook, or tweet us.

Colin Simpson: "Some people would argue Boris can't do the one job he's got now as Mayor of London, so how on earth will he cope with having two jobs?"

Steven Verlander: "Hell no look how he put London at risk by closing the fire stations. I don't see any good from him or from any London mayor from the past my confidence has gone from any in the future. cut their jobs and expenses and save the money."

Sue Holland: "Nope, he's got one job and he can't do that!"

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