Mayor of London Boris Johnson confirmed this morning that he would try to run as an MP in the next general election.

Giving a speech on EU policy, Mr Johnson responded to a question from a journalist saying: "We've danced around this for an awfully long time now.

"It's been pretty clear that I can't endlessly go on dodging these questions as I've tried to do."

After laughter from journalists Mr Johnson went on to speak about the Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat, which will be up for grabs for a new Conservative candidate when Sir John Randall stands down in 2015.

"You ask about Uxbridge," he said, "I haven't got any particular seat lined up, but I do think in all probability I will try to find somewhere to stand in 2015."

Prime Minister David Cameron took to Twitter shortly after Mr Johnson's announcement, referring to the London mayor as one of his 'star players'.

 
Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor of London Boris Johnson visit Harrow College Skills Centre

Mr Johnson said he believed it would be "highly likely" he would be unsuccessful in running as an MP and added: "One thing that is absolutely clear, I will serve out my mandate here in London."

When Mr Randall announced his plan to stand down from his Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat in July, the Mayor refused to comment on 'rumour and speculation' about the available seat.

Uxbridge t-shirt company Balcony Shirts has created two designs for shoppers to vote through their fashion choice on whether they would welcome Boris Johnson as an MP for their town.

Scott Balcony modelling his 'Uxbridge says Yes and Uxbridge says No to Boris' t-shirts