Boris Johnson has vowed to make himself accessible to his constituents in Uxbridge & South Ruislip in an effort to be "a great local MP".

Speaking to getwestlondon, the London Mayor admitted he had no plans to move to the area, but said he would hold surgeries more frequently than his predecessor, Sir John Randall, did.

Mr Johnson said: "He was a great local MP, and I want to be a great local MP as well – to be doing street surgeries, to be on the scene, to be accessible in the way that John was."

Conservative Mr Johnson, who swept to victory with a 50.2% majority in the General Election, has not been made a minister in Prime Minister David Cameron's new government, but will attend political cabinet meetings while serving out his final year as London Mayor.

Having previously vowed not to be a part-time MP, he further promised not to accept any ministerial role during his remaining mayoral year, should any become available.

He said: “I couldn't take it. That's clear. It's not compatible with being a Mayor.

"What it's possible to do is one big executive job and be an MP. What it's not possible to do is two big executive jobs and be an MP. That's the point."


Outlining some of his priorities for the area, Mr Johnson restated his commitment to improving Hillingdon Hospital and said he would lobby government for money for a total rebuild, together with his neighbouring MPs, John McDonnell and Nick Hurd.

He said one of his first campaigns would be to have a visitor centre and museum built at the Battle of Britain bunker at the old RAF Uxbridge site – a project Hillingdon Council allocated money for in its last budget.

Mr Johnson also said he would "see what I can do" about creating step-free access at all London Underground stations within the constituency.

On HS2, he said he was pleased the project proposals now included a tunnel underneath Ruislip, but said he would be campaigning for tunnels extending further.

Summing up, Mr Johnson said: “I've represented the area already for seven years and there's a lot that we've done together with the council, and I want to continue to do more to make sure that we do things for the high street, for businesses, to help cut business rates, and preserve people's quality of life and improve it."

He added: "I'm deeply grateful to the people of Uxbridge & South Ruislip for voting for me.

"Obviously I recognise that while people did vote for me, there are also loads of people who didn't. And the key message I want to get out is I will serve absolutely everybody faithfully and well, and work very hard and do my absolute best to deliver for the area.”