Labour's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip has told getwestlondon that he is 'up for the challenge' if Boris Johnson chooses to take on the constituency for the Conservatives.
Chris Summers is hoping to win Sir John Randall's seat for Labour when he stands down as MP at the next general election.
The Mayor of London's announcement yesterday (Wednesday, August 6) that he will stand for Parliament in 2015 came as no real surprise but has increased speculation that he will take up Mr Randall's vacant seat for the Tories.
Mr Summers had some fighting words for his potential rival.
"It may have been have a safe Tory seat under the well-respected Sir John Randall but that does not mean it will be safe with Boris, a man who wants to close down Heathrow airport, one of the area's main employers.
"I would relish the chance to take on Boris in a head-to-head debate about the issues facing the people of Uxbridge and South Ruislip - the cost-of-living crisis, the future of the NHS and growing waiting lists, crime and police cutbacks, HS2, Heathrow, step-free access to the Tube and especially the London housing crisis, which he has done so little to tackle as Mayor," Mr Summers said.
Speaking about Uxbridge and South Ruislip yesterday, Mr Johnson said he had no seat lined up, but if he does set his sight on the borough he will have to throw his hat into the ring before September 5.
"Let him try his hand in Uxbridge and South Ruislip," Mr Summers said. "I'm up for the challenge. I'd be a full-time MP who would work hard for my constituents, not a fly-by-night part-timer who has his eye on a bigger prize."
This morning, (Thursday, August 7), Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans suggested no one knows where Uxbridge is. We complied a list of a few things we feel put Uxbridge on the map.
And later on Radio 2, there was some local input on how Boris might shape up in Uxbridge and South Ruislip.