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Poll: Johnson favoured over main political leaders

Influential Britons view Boris Johnson far more positively than the leaders of the three main political parties, according to a new YouGov poll.

The findings come from a monthly survey of UK opinion formers, drawn from politics, business, media, academia, non-governmental organisations and the public sector.

The survey asked "How well do you believe each of the following are doing in their current roles?" Credit: YouGov

Boris Johnson is 'absolutely not' planning return as MP

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".

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Boris' spokesman dismisses 'fanciful' report

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:

It's no surprise that the Mayor has met and will continue to meet those who share his concerns over the lack of aviation capacity in London and the SouthEast.

But the story in question is without doubt fanciful.

It's no secret the Mayor opposes the building of a third runway, he was re-elected opposing any such notion, he'll continue to oppose any such notion, and he'll be doing it as Mayor of London.

The Mayor believes the Government's announcement of an Independent Commission has at least re-opened the debate on aviation capacity.

That gives him the opportunity to demonstrate why Heathrow expansion isn't the answer, and the creation of a new 4 runway hub airport is.

The Mayor will be doing both in the weeks and months ahead

Four Mayor of London candidates take part in ITV1 debate

Conservative Boris Johnson, Labour's Ken Livingstone, Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick and the Green Party's Jenny Jones take part in debate Credit: ITV1

Four candidates to become Mayor of London on May 3 are taking part in a debate hosted by Alastair Stewart on ITV1.

They are the incumbent Conservative Boris Johnson, Labour's Ken Livingstone, Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick and the Green Party's Jenny Jones.

London mayoral debate to be broadcast tonight on ITV1

Boris Johnson, Jenny Jones, host Clive Anderson, Ken Livingstone and Brian Paddick during a previous Mayoral Debate Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

ITV News' Alastair Stewart will host a debate this evening between candidates vying to be elected Mayor of London on May 3.

They will be incumbent Conservative Boris Johnson, Labour's Ken Livingstone, Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick and the Green Party's Jenny Jones.

An audience of Londoners will ask the questions in the race to win the contest.

You can find out more about the Mayoral race and its candidates here.

The Battle for London - The Mayoral Debate will be broadcast on ITV1 at 10:35pm