Croydon South's Tory MP to stand down at next election

Conservative MP Richard Ottaway today announced he will stand down from Parliament at the next general election.

The announcement will inevitably heighten speculation that London Mayor Boris Johnson could put himself forward as candidate for Mr Ottaway's Croydon South constituency as a means of returning to the Commons for an eventual bid for the Conservative leadership.

The seat is a Tory stronghold which Ottaway held by a margin of almost 16,000 votes in 2010.