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."
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Boris Johnson has been ranked third in a list of the most influential political figures following research by the advertising agency Telegraph Hill. It measured online activity, appearances in traditional media such as newspapers and television and reputation.
The London Mayor was behind comedian Russell Brand in second place and Prime Minister David Cameron in first.
Chris Moon, the head of insights and analytics at Telegraph Hill said: "This analysis doesn't just show the people with the most Twitter followers: it looks at who's talking about political issues and has the platforms to make themselves heard."
David Cameron has said he and his wife Samantha are looking to send their 10 year-old daughter Nancy to a state school in London next September. If so, it will be the first time that a Conservative Prime Minister has sent a child to a state secondary school - assuming his party is still in power after the next General Election.
Mr Cameron, who was educated at Eton, told Good Housekeeping magazine they had looked at three or four schools in London and Nancy would have a "very large say" in the decision.
The two men hoping to be the next Prime Minister appear to be lukewarm about giving London’s mayor new powers to raise taxes.
The Prime Minister said today he was open to the idea but then suggested he was happy with the current system of council tax funding.
Labour leader Ed Miliband promised last week to look at devolving further powers but added his Shadow Chancellor ‘might have something to say about that.’
Boris Johnson has called on the government to allow the mayor to claim the proceeds of property taxes like Stamp Duty.
Johnson believes City Hall should have a greater say over how money raised from London taxpayers is spent.
His demand is echoed by some of the Labour MPs hoping to be their party’s mayoral candidate in 2016.
David Cameron told ITV News today he was not against letting the mayor levy taxes, but has yet to be convinced.
‘I’m open to suggestions, I think the London mayor model is working well. We have given extra powers but I’m always open to arguments and discussions.
‘At the moment, the system of having the council tax, a precept on the council tax, that seems to me to be appropriate and I don’t see the need for any more.’
David Cameron and Ed Miliband might disagree on many things, but both party leaders seem to agree when it comes to letting London have more control over the purse strings!
Boris Johnson will arrive at the Tory party conference in Birmingham shortly, ahead of his speech tomorrow.
This year, Mr Johnson will address the conference, not only as the capital's Conservative Mayor, but also as their candidate for the safe seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip at the General Election in May.
Yesterday the Prime Minister described the Mayor as "a star" and admitted he would welcome him back into the Cabinet, once his term at City Hall finishes.