Boris Named As Conservative Candidate For London Mayor

Boris Johnson has been named as the Conservative candidate for next year's election for London mayor.

The 43-year-old Henley MP received more than 79% in the election for the Tory candidate, which saw more than 20,000 people cast their vote.

He won 15,661 votes, easily beating his fellow candidates Victoria Borwick, Andrew Boff and Warwick Lightfoot.

He will now seek to stop the capital's current mayor, Labour's Ken Livingstone from winning a third term.

During his campaign, Mr Johnson said that he favoured a return to Routemaster buses in the capital and voiced his support for 24-hour policing.

Speaking after the result was announced, Mr Johnson said: "As I visited all of London's 32 boroughs in the last few weeks, the message is loud and clear - King Newt's days are numbered."

Conservative leader David Cameron said: 'Boris will be an excellent candidate. It's about time that all Londoners had the chance to vote for real change."

However, current mayor Mr Livingstone said: "Boris Johnson proposes to add a lack of managerial competence to the Thatcherite decline and division always represented by London's Tories."

The Liberal Democrats have yet to choose their candidate, although Brian Paddick, formerly the highest-ranking openly gay police officer in the Metropolitan Police, is widely expected to be named as their choice.


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