Live updates

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.

Advertisement

Boris Johnson has 'Achilles heel' in West London

By Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

But one of Johnson's rivals claimed the mayor has an Achilles heel. Simon Dudley, a councillor in Windsor & Maidenhead, was born on the same day as the mayor.

Simon Dudley Credit: ITV News

He's not local, he's going to have a number of different demands on his time.

He does a great job as Mayor of London but for the residents of this constituency they want someone who's here for them 100% of the time. I'm a local candidate, I know the area, I was born here, I understand the issues. What the residents need here is an MP who's going to be here 100% of the time fighting for what they want.

– Simon Dudley

Boris Johnson 'has advantage over rivals' in Uxbridge

By Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

A senior Tory in the west London constituency where Boris Johnson hopes to become a Parliamentary candidate admits the mayor has an advantage over his rivals.

Johnson is one of four applicants who face a grilling tonight from local Conservative party members in Uxbridge & South Ruislip.

The local Conservative association is holding a selection meeting before voting by secret ballot to choose a candidate for the 2015 general election.

Hillingdon council leader Ray Puddifoot helped draw up the shortlist from 62 would-be MPs who applied:

Undoubtedly Boris will be an asset to the national Conservative party should he return to Parliament.

His challenge tonight would be to prove that he would make a good constituency MP as well.

He comes with an advantage over the others that he's done it before. He has been a Conservative MP and from all accounts a pretty good one.

He certainly comes with a presence.

– Ray Puddifoot

Advertisement

James Cracknell to stand against Boris in Uxbridge?

James Cracknell pictured at a photocall ahead of the Virgin London Marathon Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/ Empics Entertainment

James Cracknell has thrown his hat into the ring for the Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat, according to The Evening Standard The paper reports that his name is among dozens that have been put forward to become the Conservative contender for the west London constituency following the announcement by Sir John Randall that he's standing down.

A shortlist of three or four names is being prepared, with the winner being announced next Friday.

Hunt for man suffering depression who vanished after leaving hospital

Police are trying to track down a man, known to suffer depression, who vanished after leaving a hospital. 29-year-old Paul Schofield was seen leaving Hillingdon Hospital on Wednesday afternoon. He was heading towards Royal Lane, but has not been seen since.

Paul Schofield Credit: Metropolitan Police

Paul is described as white, approx. 5ft 9ins tall with a medium build and short dark brown hair, he was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue coloured jeans.

  1. National

High Court overturns bail for Italian Mafia boss

The High Court has overturned a decision to grant bail to Italian Mafia boss Domenico Rancadore.

The 64-year-old was arrested in London after evading Italian authorities for 20 years.

The appeal by the Italians against bail being granted was delayed yesterday after judges heard that Rancadore had been taken to hospital with heart problems.

Domenico Rancadore was on the run from Italian authorities for almost two decades. Credit: Reuters

Today Lord Justice Goldring, said it was clear that Rancadore had a heart problem and it was something which plainly should be borne in mind.

However, the judge said there was "a real risk - indeed a very real risk - that he would abscond if granted bail" therefore the appeal should be allowed.

Load more updates