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 .
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.
The mayor is expected to be joined by his wife when he asks local Conservatives to choose him as their candidate in the general election.
London's mayor is hoping to be chosen as the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.