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Boris: 'Third runway totally nuts!'

Boris Johnson Mayor of London Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called on the government to rule out a third runway at Heathrow, describing the idea as "totally nuts".

Speaking to a protest in West London, Mr Johnson said that the third runway would take "at least 15 years to bring about" and was "completely impractical".

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Boris Johnson urges EU vote

Leaving the European Union would not be "the end of the world" for Britain, London mayor Boris Johnson has said.

Mr Johnson - seen as a possible future rival to David Cameron for the Tory leadership - said that the Government could not put off indefinitely a referendum on Britain's future in the EU.

In an interview with BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show, he said that he would like to see the public given the chance to vote on the issue before the next general election in 2015 although he did not expect it to happen.

We have never had a popular vote since 1975 on a European question.

I would like to be able to campaign for a single market and the withdrawal from a lot of the nonsensical policies.

I think it would be a good idea if they did it before 2015. It would be fantastic. I can't see them doing it before 2015.

– London Mayor Boris Johnson

Johnson: Leveson's report should be taken 'very seriously'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said Lord Justice Leveson's imminent report on the future of press regulation should be taken "very seriously".

He told Murnaghan: "The present system has obviously failed and it doesn't carry confidence with the public at large."

He added that he did not want politicians influencing the media's agenda.