Boris Johnson hopes for Heathrow seat after next election

London mayor Boris Johnson, the man most strongly identified with opposition to Heathrow expansion, is set to become a local MP. He is hoping to get adopted as Conservative candidate for the Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency – home to thousands of airport workers and to many businesses dependent on Heathrow’s presence. Mr Johnson has been one of the most vocal critics of Heathrow’s runway plans – proposing a completely new airport in the Thames estuary, often drubbed ‘boris island’. The current Conservative MP, Sir John Randall, who had a majority of 11,216 at the 2010 election, is standing down next year. Assuming Mr Johnson got elected by the constituency committee, the size of the majority would be likely to make it an easy victory for him. He is due to continue as Mayor of London until 2016 meaning that he would run the two jobs in tandem if elected.