The deadline for nominations to become the Tory Mayoral candidate for the 2008 contest closes today amidst continuing speculation about Boris Johnson’s intentions.
Earlier this month the BBC’s Nick Robinson reported that the party were seeking to draft the Henley MP as their candidate for Mayor of London. At the time Mr Johnson said “there are huge obstacles – above all my commitment and responsibility to my constituency. It is hard to see how those difficulties could be overcome – but I am ruling nothing out.”
Last friday an article ‘confirming’ his candidacy was posted on the MP’s website although it was later removed from the front of the site.
Once nominations in the Conservative’s open selection process, which will allow London voters a say in the final selection, close today a short list drawn up by 3 August. Votes for the final candidate will close on 26 September.
The party had previously been forced to delay the deadline after the contest failed to attract any heavy weight contenders.