Introducing Boris Johnson

The third in our series of candidate profiles of the four hopefuls for the Conservative London Mayor nomination is that of Boris Johnson.


Boris first came to prominence as an award-winning political journalist working on The Times and The Daily Telegraph, where he was assistant editor. In 1999 he became editor of The Spectator magazine and entered politics as the MP for Henley-on-Thames in the 2001 general election.


Since his election to Parliament, Boris has held several key posts starting with being vice-chairman of the Conservative Party. Since then he has been the shadow arts minister and, until he entered the race for London Mayor, the shadow higher education minister.


He says: "The mystery is not why someone would want to be Mayor of London. The mystery is why someone would not want to do the job and to try to make this city greater still. London is, without a doubt, the greatest city on the planet. However, I believe it can be greater still. I'm looking forward to putting a smile back on the face of Londoners."


Boris is married to Marina and they have two sons and two daughters. He has also published six books.


• The shortlist to be the Conservative candidate for the Mayor of London contest is:

Andrew Boff (
Victoria Borwick (
Boris Johnson (
Warwick Lightfoot (


• To register to vote the individual must be on London’s electoral roll.


• Conservative Party members will automatically receive a ballot paper.  Non-members may call 0906 555 5050 to register.

• Voters in the primary will be able to attend hustings being held across London at the start of September.

• All calls to 0906 555 5050 cost £1per minute, the typical call is expected to cost £1.50.  Service provided by iTouch(UK) Ltd, EC2A 4PF.

• The line will be open Monday to Friday, 8am-9pm, Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday, 10am-4pm.

• Last date for registering is 20th September.

• The ballot will close on 26th September.

• The winner who will be the Conservative candidate will be announced by the end of September.