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.