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'Avowedly conservative' Boris rules out 2015 Westminster return

Boris Johnson has ruled out any return to Westminster in 2015 - ending speculation that he might replace David Cameron as the Conservative leader. It follows his victory in the London mayor elections - a result which bucked the trend for the Tory Party, which lost hundreds of council seats and control of a dozen councils.

Asked by the Today programme's Evan Davis if he would stand again for the Commons, Mr Johnson said he was dedicating himself to working for London and said that you could "take it for granted" that he wouldn't stand as an MP at the next general election in three years.

He added that that mayoral election was seen as being between two candidates "thought to be distinct from their parties in some senses" but insisted that "my programme is absolutely avowedly conservative, with a big C or a small c".

Mr Johnson, who beat Labour's Ken Livingstone by 62,000 votes, said he thought there was a simple reason for his success:

"I think what people saw in this election was two very clear choices and one of them basically involved taking London backwards to the 1970s and the doctrines of Bolivarian revolutionary socialism, the sort-of champagne socialist, Cuban cigar-rolling approach to life and that wasn't what I was offering. I was offering, in tough times, a cost-effective sensible approach, working with the Government, working with the private sector, to take the city forward."

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