Boris Johnson back as London Mayor and rules out bid to be Prime Minister

15:19 05 May 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson (right), at City Hall, London. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson (right), at City Hall, London. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Re-elected Mayor of London Boris Johnson has promised to “work his socks off” for Londoners while also ruling out a return as an MP or a run at the Tory leadership.

In a result which most people expected but which turned out to be a lot closer than many thought, Mr Johnson was given a second term at City Hall when the gruelling election came to an end earlier this morning.

He polled 1,054,811 votes to Ken Livingstone’s 992,273.

Today, the Mayor said: “I think people were listening to what we had to say about taxes, getting rid of all sorts of unnecessary expenditure, putting it where people want to see it.

“It was a very hard-fought long campaign.”

Signing the declaration of office at City Hall, Mr Johnson said the election had given him a mandate to go forward with the controversial automation of the Tube.

Watched by Met Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, he added the result also gave him a mandate to keep police numbers high.

He promised to “work his socks off” and stand up for London in Whitehall.

Interviewed on LBC radio, Mr Johnson was asked if he would attempt to be re-elected to parliament in two or three years’ time, allowing him to position himself as a future Tory leader.

He replied: “I’m going to say this categorically that the answer to that is no, I don’t want to do that. I want to discharge my mandate and my duty.”

Mr Johnson’s father Stanley refused to rule out the possibility of his son as future leader saying: “Who knows?”

Asked by the BBC why Boris bucked the national trend, he said: “Because he had the charisma and because people believe he is a man that says what he means and he does what he says and that’s something that counts.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was “delighted” by Mr Johnson’s mayoral victory.

Speaking at City Hall, Mr Cameron said “I think it was a very strong campaign by Boris. It was based on his record, on the excellent things he has done out there and I am delighted to congratulate him.

“It was a campaign the whole Conservative party got behind.

“I enjoyed campaigning for Boris but now what matters is working together for the good of London, as PM, as Mayor, and that is exactly what we are going to do.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London politics news

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
A naval vessel outside the ExCeL exhibition centre at an earlier Defence and Security Exhibition in 2011.  Other exhibits included an F16 fighter jet (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

One of the world’s biggest arms fairs is coming to the ExCel centre in east London later this month, and more than 1,000 protestors are already planning to oppose it.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The eponymous craft beer is not always brewed in the capital (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

If there’s two things London foodies are obsessed with, it’s craft beer and local products, so it’s a surprise to learn that a drink that is named after London and boasts of being “the quintessential English lager” is sometimes brewed in Europe.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
How should the next generation of Boris bikes look? (Photo by Steve Bardens/ Getty Images for Santander)

Santander Boris bikes as we know them could be a thing of the past after TfL issued a tender for their redesign.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
New Fathers 4 Justice campaigners altered this local council anti- domestic violence poster in Greenwich Station (Picture: New Fathers 4 Justice)

An anti-domestic violence poster has angered fathers campaign groups and today two activists were ‘removed’ by police from a south-east London train station for defacing the council missive.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Paddy Power reckon it's a dead cert for Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn (Lauren Hurley/PA Wire)

Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the Labour leadership race is a “done deal” according to one bookmaker which has already started paying out on bets.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Computer class

New figures show, in the face of growing youth unemployment, vacancies for digital jobs is set to widen in the next year.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Read more
Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more