Boris Johnson to declare re-election bid in weeks

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BORIS Johnson is preparing to stand for re-election as London Mayor, according to reports yesterday.

The former Tory MP is expected to declare his intention to stand in the 2012 mayoral election in the next few weeks. The contest could see Johnson and Ken Livingstone lock horns again, after the ex-mayor has put himself forward to the Labour selection committee for consideration. Labour will announce its candidate shortlist today, which could include former MP Oona King, artist Emmanuel Okoro and Seton During, a chartered engineer.

A spokesman for the Mayor told City A.M. yesterday: “The Mayor has always said that mid-way through his term he would take stock and decide whether to go to Londoners for another mandate. He thinks it’s the best job in the world.”