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South Suffolk: Tories dismiss talk of Boris Johnson coming to Suffolk as “pure fantasy”

09:20 13 February 2014

Boris Johnson - not likely to be South Suffolk

Boris Johnson - not likely to be South Suffolk's next MP!

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Suggestions that London mayor Boris Johnson could be drafted in as the next Conservative candidate for South Suffolk have been laughed off by senior members of the local party.

South Suffolk Conservative Association vice-chairman Simon Barrett said he, and other association officers, had heard the suggestion – but found it difficult to take it seriously.

He said: “I have heard that some members have said ‘Wouldn’t it be good to have Boris’ but that really is pure fantasy.

“The reason we did not re-select the current MP was because members of the party in South Suffolk want to be represented by someone who spends more time in the constituency and is seen to be working hard in the constituency.

“Boris has many qualities, but if he was MP we would be in a similar position to where we are now. He would probably spend most of his time in London anyway.”

Mr Barrett said there had been other wild rumours flying around the area since the de-selection of Tim Yeo was confirmed by a ballot of association members last week.

He said: “I’ve heard some people say Michael Portillo might be persuaded to make a comeback – but I think he’s very happy with his new career as a broadcaster.”

The Association has not yet advertised the vacancy, and is having a meeting this week to decide on its next mood – but members have a clear view of the kind of candidate it wants.

Mr Barrett said: “Ideally we will choose someone in their 40s who knows Suffolk – not necessarily from the constituency, but someone who is prepared to make their home in the constituency.

“I think most of us are keen not to end up with a candidate who’s gone to Oxbridge, ended up with first in Politics and gone straight to work as a special advisor before looking for a safe seat.

“We want someone with more life experience behind them, who wants to devote most of their time to the people in the constituency.”

Mr Johnson’s second term as Mayor of London is not due to end until May 2016, a year after the next General Election, but this has not stopped him being linked with many vacant safe Tory seats.

3 comments

  • The Mayor's office dismissed this speculation over a week ago. A spokesperson for the Mayor told Ipswich Spy: “The Mayor is focused on delivering for London, something he was re-elected to do in 2012, and something he will be doing until the end of his second term in 2016.”

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    IpswichSpy

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Does it really matter what 'Buffoon' they choose ?, they will be in opposition after May 2015 !!

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    freedomf

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I think most south suffolk tories will agree with that description of the next candidate. Start off as a back bencher and have plenty of time to be seen working in the area - not flying off around the world on a government working party.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

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