It was confirmed today that the Mayor of London has submitted his application as prospective Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip to Conservative Campaign HQ.

Boris Johnson’s current term as Mayor of London does not expire until May 2016 yet his desire to return to Parliament means that, if selected for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, it’s possible that he will both serve as an MP and continue in his post as Mayor of London.

London’s part-time Mayor already has his weekly chickenfeed column in the Telegraph and has been devoting a considerable amount of time to his forthcoming biography of Winston Churchill - curious, then, that at his first general news conference as Mayor, in June 2008, he announced that he was standing down as MP for Henley, saying:

This job, here in City Hall, is simply too big, and it is growing all the time

What has changed? If the job of Mayor of London is simply too big to cope with whilst also serving as an MP, how much contempt does Johnson have for Londoners?

Yes, Ken Livingstone continued to serve as MP for Brent East until June 2001, just over a year after he was first elected Mayor of London, but Livingstone did not spend this time canvassing for re-election as MP, yet Johnson will spend the time from his successful selection up until the 2015 General Election canvassing for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

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