Boris Johnson has secured the Conservative nomination for Uxbridge and South Ruislip with over 50 percent of the vote on the first count.
The London Mayor defeated Hillingdon deputy leader Councillor David Simmonds, Windsor and Maidenhead councillor Simon Dudley, and barrister Suella Fernandes at a hustings at Ruislip High School tonight.
Around 100 local party members attended the gathering, for which media were excluded, and questioned the four candidates before casting their ballots. Despite predictions by Hillingdon Conservative leader Ray Puddifoot that it wouldn't be a shoo-in, few were surprised by the outcome.
Boris arrived to a media scrum and cameras waited patiently as the association made its decision in just two hours. Security was so tight, that apparently Mr Johnson's wife Marina was not allowed into the hustings this evening.
Asked by getwestlondon's reporter whether Boris regarded Uxbridge and South Ruislip as no more than a stepping stone to Number 10, the Mayor replied: "I want to go and do what what the constituency is asking me to do. I will now go and learn all I can about Uxbridge and South Ruislip and do what I can to work with local campaign groups."
He told the BBC TV news he was looking forward to the general election next year: "It will be a tough fight, it will be a long fight, but I have no doubt whatever that we are going to be able to return David Cameron and the Conservatives with an absolute majority in 2015," he said.
Members of campaign group Ruislip Against HS2 were out in force with the hope that Boris would support the fight against the high speed line.
Boris was previously MP for Henley from 2001 until 2008 when he stood down following his first election as London Mayor - a post he has now held for six years. He has said if elected he will serve as an MP and Mayor until the end of his mayoral term in 2016.