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Labour rival: voters would not welcome Boris because of his Heathrow views
LABOUR’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip is warning Conservatives that voters will not take kindly to Boris Johnson being parachuted into the seat – because of his views on Heathrow.
Sitting Tory MP Sir John Randall announced this week that he will not seek re-election in 2015, fuelling speculation that London Mayor Mr Johnson could use the vacancy as a way back into Parliament.
Labour’s Chris Summers, said: "I have the utmost respect for Sir John Randall and I know he has worked hard for the people of Uxbridge and South Ruislip over the last 17 years.
"I wish him well in his retirement and I'm sure he'll be devoting more time to his beloved bird-watching.
"I look forward to finding out who the Conservatives will select as their candidate and I can promise them a hard-fought contest.
"There have been rumours already that Boris Johnson might stand and I would relish the opportunity to lock horns with him, but I warn him that it would not be plain sailing and voters will not appreciate being taken for granted.
"Boris has already made it clear he wants to close Heathrow, one of the area's major employers, so in many ways he would be an astonishing choice.
“In contrast, I have repeatedly said I want Heathrow to be better, rather than bigger, and I certainly don't want it closed. I was at the recent opening of the new Terminal 2 to support that sentiment.”
UK Independence Party spokesman Cliff Dixon said: “It would be an unusual decision for Boris to stand as he is someone who has nothing in common with local people, no links to the area and has insulted many of the population in the past few years.
“Boris is fully behind plans to close Heathrow, putting hundreds of thousands of jobs directly and indirectly linked to Heathrow in danger, It is based purely on his desire to have his ‘Boris Island’ vanity project driven through rather than delivering economic growth and listening to local concerns. We saw his plans fall apart under investigation this week, costing four times his predicted outlay.