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London Mayor Boris Johnson has said that he has "absolutely" no plans to return to the House of Commons, after reports that a Conservative MP offered to sacrifice his seat for him to take on Prime Minister David Cameron.
Mr Johnson said being Mayor was the "best job in British politics and it's what I want to do".
Boris Johnson's spokesman dismissed a report that claimed Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith offered his safe seat to the London Mayor, calling it "fanciful".
Mr Johnson's spokesman said today:
Reports suggest Mayor of London Boris Johnson could make a comeback to the House of Commons after a Conservative MP offered to sacrifice his seat for him to take on Prime Minister David Cameron.
The Mail on Sunday has reported that Tory Zac Goldsmith has vowed to resign as the MP for Richmond in south west London if the Government revives controversial plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport - which is also fiercely opposed by the London Mayor.
The newspaper said that the idea of Mr Johnson fighting the subsequent by-election to secure a return to the Commons and the chance to challenge for the leadership was made in talks to discuss how best to oppose the airport expansion.
The idea was said to have been dismissed "out of hand" by the Mayor, whose position as a potential challenger to Mr Cameron has been reinforced by the successful London Olympics.