News Boris Johnson's term as Mayor of London runs out in 2016

Mayor of London’s comment come after protracted speculation he is plotting a return to Westminster at the next election

2 July 2013: The Mayor of London Boris Johnson responds during his appearance on the LBC 97.3 radio phone-in show, hosted by Nick Ferrari in the LBC studios in London. Boris Johnson could still reverse his decision not to seek a third term as London mayor, he indicated today - but only if there was strong public support for him to continue

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Eddie Izzard - £31,550: The multi-lingual stand-up comic has fronted Labour broadcasts and been talked of as a London mayoral candidate

Comedian Eddie Izzard 'ready for flak of politics' in Mayor of London 2019 race

Comedian Eddie Izzard has said he is prepared to take the flak for wanting to pursue a career in politics.

Look past the barnet and Boris Johnson's ambition is more than just blonde

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A free ticket to ride

Imagine if you got on the bus, Tube, train or tram this morning without paying. Imagine if you could travel into town, day in and day out, without ever paying a penny. From next year, this is exactly what you'll be able to do if you live in the capital of Estonia. And you won't even get arrested.

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Sketch: He praised PMs past and present, but it was all about Boris's future

It's a tribute to Boris Johnson's rapturously received speech yesterday that, almost unnoticed, he secured a warm round of applause for Sir John Major. Certainly the last Tory PM retains a place in the public's affections, but now the premiership of the whipping boy of the Tory Eurosceptic bastards has been fully rehabilitated even in the eyes of a still Thatcherite-leaning party conference.

Boris Johnson with his wife Marina after casting his vote yesterday

Boris Johnson 'to seek return to Commons in 2015'

Winning second term as London Mayor would not preclude standing in the next general election

Leading article: A poor example set by London

Alongside the council elections on Thursday, some 10 British cities will be voting on whether they want an elected mayor. It is to be hoped that they all vote "yes". At their best, mayors are not only a dynamic addition to local democracy, they are powerful figureheads for their city's identity and can help to reinvigorate slumping public interest in politics.

Andrew Grice: Cunning Osborne sets a tax trap

Inside Westminster

Owen Jones: 'Even a left-winger who is as close to unimpeachable as is humanly possible can expect a kicking, and Ken Livingstone is certainly not that'

Owen Jones: The 1 per cent have an interest in demonising Ken Livingstone

Few journalists mention Boris's slights against black people: all that talk of 'piccaninnies'

The Government will publish a 'rail command paper' today

Steve Richards: Bus fares and gas bills now decide votes

Prices are political. On one level this is a statement of the obvious. Of course the price of goods or services is political. Voters get worried or angry about how much things cost. Leaders who want to win elections must take note. Except that for the past three decades, the price of things is not something voters have got especially worked up about.

Mayoral candidates enter earnings race

London's three top mayoral candidates published details of their income and tax payments yesterday but the row over their personal finances looked set to continue.

Len McCluskey, whose Unite union has given £5m to Labour since Ed Miliband became leader

Ed Miliband releases his list of dinners with union bosses and wealthy donors

Ed Miliband has met Labour's major union donors more than 20 times since he was elected leader of the party in 2010, it was disclosed yesterday.

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