Responding to Boris Johnson’s selection as the Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Len Duvall, Leader of the London Assembly Labour Group, said:
“Despite his promises it’s been clear for a long time that Boris Johnson has always regarded London as little more than a stepping stone.
“Boris has admitted that he only became Mayor to ‘show what he could do’, but in reality he is set to leave behind a disappointing legacy, having failed to resolve any of London’s major problems during his time as Mayor. With a chronic housing crisis, reduced police numbers and London A&E units under threat, there is a lot the Mayor of London should be focusing on in his remaining two years in office. Running for Parliament and positioning himself for a potential Conservative leadership challenge are not on that list.
“Personal ambitions of the Mayor aside, this is a sad development for London. From here on in we will be left with a part-time Mayor as Boris devotes more and more of his time to his election campaign and political manoeuvrings.”