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Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson, the MP for Henley
Party:
Conservative

Constituency:
Henley

Date of birth:
19 June 1964

Telephone:
020 7219 3000

Address:
The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Political profile:
Boris Johnson, former Political Editor of the Daily Telegraph, was one of the most well known Conservative supporters in the country, even before succeeding Michael Heseltine as MP for Henley in 2001.

Like his predecessor, Mr Johnson has a thatch of thick blond hair and is a barnstorming speaker.

But there the similarities end.

Mr Johnson is a vociferous and articulate Eurosceptic, and his continuing role as Editor of The Spectator provides an ample platform for his views.

He supplements this with energetic television and radio punditry.

He is an Oxford graduate and, like many of the new Conservative intake, an Old Etonian.

He is more socially liberal than many of his colleagues, declaring that ?no sane person is homophobic?, but he is far from a bleeding heart - he favours the retention of Section 28.

In May 2004, Michael Howard appointed him shadow minister for the arts.

But he was sacked six months later for failing to tell the truth to Mr Howard about newspaper claims regarding his private life.


TOP THREE PARTIES AT A GLANCE
Conservative Conservative 46.1%
Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat 27%
Labour Labour 21.1%
IN DETAIL
Name Party Votes %
Boris Johnson Conservative 20,466 46.1
Catherine Bearder Liberal Democrat 12,008 27
Janet Matthews Labour 9,367 21.1
Philip Collings UK Independence Party 1,413 3.2
Oliver Tickell Green 1,147 2.6
Majority 8,458
Turnout 64.3%
POLITICAL MAKE UP OF SOUTH EAST
A map of South East showing its political make up.



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