Could Boris Johnson become next MP for North West Hampshire?

Sir George Young is standing down at next election

Sir George Young is standing down at next election

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

BORIS Johnson could become the next MP for North West Hampshire.

David Cameron was questioned by BBC Radio Berkshire about rumours that the Mayor of London could become his candidate for the constituency, replacing MP Sir George Young.

As reported in The Gazette, 72-year-old Sir George announced in November that he would stand down at next year’s General Election. Now, it has emerged that the baton could be passed to popular Tory figure Mr Johnson to stand for North East Hampshire on May 7 next year.

Mr Cameron said: “Obviously it is up to North West Hampshire and it’s up to Boris.

“It’s up to a constituency to decide who to choose and it’s up to Boris to decide where to apply or whether to apply.

“I don’t get to pick all of the candidates, but Boris is a star and it would be great to have him back on the national team as well as continuing with the great work he is doing in London.”

Sir George, the chief whip, has been MP for North West Hampshire since 1997 where he has built a Conservative majority of 18,583.

Rumours have been circulating in Westminster that Mr Johnson wants to return as MP.

He was last in the Commons as MP for Henley between 2001 and 2008.

The Prime Minister was also asked whether Mr Johnson could be an MP at the same time as completing his second term as London Mayor in 2016.

He said: “He obviously wants to complete his second term but I don’t think it’s impossible to do that and to put yourself forward as a Member of Parliament at the next election.

“As a manager as it were I want all my star players on the field. And Boris is a star player.”

However, Cathy Osselton, deputy chairman of the North West Hampshire Conservative Association, has poured cold water over the rumours, telling The Gazette: “He is not on the list as far as we know and we have heard nothing. We will be doing the initial sift of applications at the beginning of May. It closes at the end of May and we will start the process of sifting through to 15 nominees.”

Mrs Osselton also said that if the London Mayor does come forward as a candidate, he will get the same treatment as others, adding: “He would have to take his turn and he would have to be selected. Just because he is Boris Johnson, he doesn't just get the seat and we have to choose.

“Sir George Young has been an excellent MP and whoever follows him is going to have a hard act to follow. He has been a very supportive MP and I will miss him dreadfully.”

Mr Johnson’s official spokesman has so far declined to comment.

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11:29am Mon 28 Apr 14

Upontheroof says...

Sir George Young is an antique that belongs elsewhere, so good bye and good riddance with your medieval views and self serving ideas.

As for Boris. What the hell has the area done wrong, to possibly, have such a buffoon like that inflicted upon them? He should take his red nose, floppy feet and the rest of the clown outfit back to the circus ....
Sir George Young is an antique that belongs elsewhere, so good bye and good riddance with your medieval views and self serving ideas. As for Boris. What the hell has the area done wrong, to possibly, have such a buffoon like that inflicted upon them? He should take his red nose, floppy feet and the rest of the clown outfit back to the circus .... Upontheroof
  • Score: 2

5:42pm Mon 28 Apr 14

whitchurchwhinger says...

"In 1992 when asked during parliamentary discussions of the Armley Asbestos Disaster for financial assistance in surveying local housing in the Armley area for residual asbestos, Young responded that the government would not provide financial assistance to the home owners or the council to pay for decontamination as this "would not be a justifiable use of public funds"." - http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Sir_George_
Young,_6th_Baronet
"In 1992 when asked during parliamentary discussions of the Armley Asbestos Disaster for financial assistance in surveying local housing in the Armley area for residual asbestos, Young responded that the government would not provide financial assistance to the home owners or the council to pay for decontamination as this "would not be a justifiable use of public funds"." - http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Sir_George_ Young,_6th_Baronet whitchurchwhinger
  • Score: 3

9:01pm Mon 28 Apr 14

cllrsmw says...

The Tory hierarchy can impose any candidate the wish on a constituency and despite the soothing words of Cathy Osselton I promise that she knows as well as I know that the Conservatives still choose candidates based on patronage, money and old school networks.

That's why they no longer represent the hard working families of this country who get ripped off at every turn and that is also why, like the anachronistic grey suited Etonians they are, the Tories too will be wiped off the planet like the other dinosaurs were.
The Tory hierarchy can impose any candidate the wish on a constituency and despite the soothing words of Cathy Osselton I promise that she knows as well as I know that the Conservatives still choose candidates based on patronage, money and old school networks. That's why they no longer represent the hard working families of this country who get ripped off at every turn and that is also why, like the anachronistic grey suited Etonians they are, the Tories too will be wiped off the planet like the other dinosaurs were. cllrsmw
  • Score: 5

4:13pm Tue 29 Apr 14

naggedman says...

Upontheroof wrote:
Sir George Young is an antique that belongs elsewhere, so good bye and good riddance with your medieval views and self serving ideas.

As for Boris. What the hell has the area done wrong, to possibly, have such a buffoon like that inflicted upon them? He should take his red nose, floppy feet and the rest of the clown outfit back to the circus ....
If only we had a few more so-called "antiques" like Sir George! I know of no MP who is so well known and well-liked by such a great number of fair-minded people across his constituency - people who've said to me, for example, "I'm Labour / Liberal (even UKIP) but I vote for George". Like him or loathe him, I can't see how Boris could possibly hold down two full time jobs - MP and London Mayor - and, in particular, make time to be out and about in this constituency (as opposed to a London one) every weekend, the way that makes Sir G so visible and accessible.
[quote][p][bold]Upontheroof[/bold] wrote: Sir George Young is an antique that belongs elsewhere, so good bye and good riddance with your medieval views and self serving ideas. As for Boris. What the hell has the area done wrong, to possibly, have such a buffoon like that inflicted upon them? He should take his red nose, floppy feet and the rest of the clown outfit back to the circus ....[/p][/quote]If only we had a few more so-called "antiques" like Sir George! I know of no MP who is so well known and well-liked by such a great number of fair-minded people across his constituency - people who've said to me, for example, "I'm Labour / Liberal (even UKIP) but I vote for George". Like him or loathe him, I can't see how Boris could possibly hold down two full time jobs - MP and London Mayor - and, in particular, make time to be out and about in this constituency (as opposed to a London one) every weekend, the way that makes Sir G so visible and accessible. naggedman
  • Score: 2

4:17pm Tue 29 Apr 14

naggedman says...

cllrsmw wrote:
The Tory hierarchy can impose any candidate the wish on a constituency and despite the soothing words of Cathy Osselton I promise that she knows as well as I know that the Conservatives still choose candidates based on patronage, money and old school networks.

That's why they no longer represent the hard working families of this country who get ripped off at every turn and that is also why, like the anachronistic grey suited Etonians they are, the Tories too will be wiped off the planet like the other dinosaurs were.
Don't believe everything you read or hear. The 'hierarchy' may well have its own ideas about who should be selected but the decision will be made locally. Different constituencies have relatively stronger or weaker local organisations; North West Hampshire happens to be one of the strongest and, while 'Central Office' might try to persuade, they'll be well advised to resist any temptation to coerce!
[quote][p][bold]cllrsmw[/bold] wrote: The Tory hierarchy can impose any candidate the wish on a constituency and despite the soothing words of Cathy Osselton I promise that she knows as well as I know that the Conservatives still choose candidates based on patronage, money and old school networks. That's why they no longer represent the hard working families of this country who get ripped off at every turn and that is also why, like the anachronistic grey suited Etonians they are, the Tories too will be wiped off the planet like the other dinosaurs were.[/p][/quote]Don't believe everything you read or hear. The 'hierarchy' may well have its own ideas about who should be selected but the decision will be made locally. Different constituencies have relatively stronger or weaker local organisations; North West Hampshire happens to be one of the strongest and, while 'Central Office' might try to persuade, they'll be well advised to resist any temptation to coerce! naggedman
  • Score: 1

8:30pm Thu 1 May 14

Peter H. says...

I rather agree with naggedman. Based on the few contacts I’ve had with Sir George, I found him an honest, hardworking MP dedicated to his constituents.

I can’t speak for the selection process for NW Hampshire, but I imagine any party has to strike a balance between local candidates and ones drawn from a national list. I guess at the General Election most voters choose party first while also hoping for the best representative, they understand there’s no guarantee this will always be a local person.

‘Safe’ seats though are a problem, when a constituency regularly produces 10-20,000 majorities for the same party, opposition voters are bound to feel disenfranchised, it may even breed a sense of complacency.

In these cases perhaps ‘open primaries’ are the way to go. They are costly to run, but I imagine the people of Basingstoke who feel lumbered with Maria Miller, would welcome such an opportunity.
I rather agree with naggedman. Based on the few contacts I’ve had with Sir George, I found him an honest, hardworking MP dedicated to his constituents. I can’t speak for the selection process for NW Hampshire, but I imagine any party has to strike a balance between local candidates and ones drawn from a national list. I guess at the General Election most voters choose party first while also hoping for the best representative, they understand there’s no guarantee this will always be a local person. ‘Safe’ seats though are a problem, when a constituency regularly produces 10-20,000 majorities for the same party, opposition voters are bound to feel disenfranchised, it may even breed a sense of complacency. In these cases perhaps ‘open primaries’ are the way to go. They are costly to run, but I imagine the people of Basingstoke who feel lumbered with Maria Miller, would welcome such an opportunity. Peter H.
  • Score: 0

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