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Boris to address Tory conference

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson addresses a rally of Conservative supporters . Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

Boris Johnson is due to address the Conservative party at its annual conference in Birmingham today.

The London Mayor arrived at the event yesterday.

Speaking at a rally, he said Ukip should throw its weight behind the Tories to help defeat Labour.


Boris Johnson chosen as Uxbridge conservative candidate

Boris Johnson took a vital step tonight along his road to a return to Parliament. The Mayor of London has just been chosen as the official conservative candidate in Uxbridge, west of London, for the general election next May .

Boris Johnson selected as Uxbridge candidate Credit: PA

The London Mayor won on the first ballot and says he is 'obviously thrilled' that the Uxbridge and South Ruislip Conservative Association has chosen him as Tory candidate. He was one of four candidates tonight and faced a series of questions on local issues before his selection was announced just after 10pm.

He has said the next stage will be a 'tough fight' and a 'long fight' and that he plans to remain as Mayor of London until the end of his second term in May 2016.

'Part-time mayor' Boris criticised amid election rumours

Labour has criticised Boris Johnson as a "part-time" mayor amid continued speculation that he will return as an MP before the end of his current term.

Renewed speculation in newspapers today suggested that Mr Johnson would announce his intention to stand for parliament at next year's general election by the summer.

There is renewed speculation about Boris Johnson's plans to stand as an MP. Credit: PA Wire

A Labour source said the party would attack the mayor if he to "further his own political interests at the expense of the needs of Londoners".

Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan tweeted: "Wouldn't it be great if London's part-time mayor cared about our future as much as he cares about his own?"

Former mayor Ken Livingstone added: "Whether Boris Johnson is an MP, in the House of Lords or wherever it will make no difference as he doesn't do the day job as it stands, he leaves it to all his deputies."

Boris urges firms to pay London Living Wage

London Mayor Boris Johnson has urged larger firms in the capital to pay the London Living Wage of £8.55 to their employees, saying "it doesn't hurt these companies to do a bit more for their employees".

Speaking in a BBC interview after his speech at the Conservative Party Conference, he said there was no reason why large companies should avoid paying the higher rate. "They've got huge dividends, huge profits and it can make a real difference to people on low incomes in London", he said.

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