Crucial meeting set to decide Boris Johnson's future political career

Boris Johnson faces a crucial meeting today which could decide his future political career.

London's mayor is hoping to be chosen as the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

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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.


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


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