Croydon South parliamentary selection continues, but without Boris Johnson – which raises the question of why he isn’t in it (or in other contests), and whether or not he should be. There is one very good reason for him not to stand for the Commons in 2015: if he has already decided to fight a third election for the London mayoralty. He is a successful mayor and a global figurehead for the capital, so there is absolutely no reason why he shouldn’t do so. If any Conservative can win a third election running in what is at heart a Labour city, it’s Boris. But since his ambitions are evidently larger than London, it’s impossible to believe that he has settled on standing again. That they are bigger isn’t in doubt, as his interview in a Michael Cockerell documentary earlier this year confirmed. He said that he would like to “have a crack” at being prime minister “‘if the ball came loose from the back of a scrum”. Why, then, has he not declared that he wants to rejoin the team on the playing fields of Westminster? The apparent answer is that he would were he confident that there will be… Read full this story
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