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Boris Johnson will run for Parliament at next year’s election

Natassja Zielinski August 6, 2014

Boris Johnson has confirmed he will likely run for a seat in the House of Commons in next year’s general election.

Mr Johnson also said that despite the move he will see out his term as Mayor of London until 2016, despite previously making a pledge to not run for Parliament while Mayor.

He said today after a speech on Britain’s future with the EU: “It is clear I can’t endlessly go on dodging these questions.

“So, let me put it this way, you ask about Uxbridge, I haven’t got any particular seat lined up but I do think in all probability, since you can’t do these things furtively, I might as well be absolutely clear, in all probability I will try to find somewhere to stand in 2015.

“It may all go wrong but I think the likelihood is I am going to have to give it a crack.”

The Mayor attracted criticism for not attending this year’s Pride parade – the fourth year in a row that he did not attend the event.

Mr Johnson last attended the Pride Parade in 2010, where he became the first senior Conservative politician to announce his support for equal marriage, in an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk

He was forced to apologise last year for making a controversial joke at a Pride in London dinner about gay men taking their husbands up the “Arcelor”.

He is also currently the centre of a protracted legal battle, after banning adverts by an ‘ex-gay’ group while running for re-election in 2012.

The Tory politician was previously MP for Henley, from 2001 until 2008, when he stood down to run for Mayor.

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