Boris Johnson Launches London Mayor Campaign

Conservative MP Boris Johnson has launched his campaign to become the party's candidate for London Mayor next year.

Mr Johnson, former shadow minister for the arts and MP for Henley, launched his campaign at County Hall.

During a speech, he voiced his support for 24-hour policing and said that he would not scrap the congestion charge unless a better alternative was found.

Other Conservative candidates for the post - which is currently held by Ken Livingstone - include party activists Andrew Boff, Victoria Borwick and Warwick Lightfoot.

The Tory candidates will take part in hustings next week and ballot papers will be available until September 23.

All registered voters in London can vote in the ballot, which closes on September 26, with the results to be announced the next day.


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