Boris Johnson is preparing to announce his intention to run as a candidate for the Berwick constituency in the forthcoming General Election, the Gazette understands.
The shocking revelation comes with just over a week to go before all candidates must have registered their intention to run and is despite the fact that the Mayor of London was widely expected to stand in Uxbridge and South Ruislip in Greater London.
It also follows the tousled-haired personality’s visit to the consituency in March.
During that trip, he tried to highlight the links between his current London base and north Northumberland, pointing out that ‘I live on the A1, admittedly at the other end’.
Keen political observers may also have noticed his hint of what’s to come when he said ‘what’s good for London is good for Berwick-upon-Tweed and vice versa’.
An aide, Lou Doofey, said that she couldn’t confirm or deny whether Mr Johnson intended to stand, but added: “I know that Boris was very taken with Northumberland when he visited so perhaps London has lost its lustre a little.”
UPDATE (noon): Now it is after noon on Wednesday, April 1, we can confess that this is an April Fools’ story. In case you didn’t work it out, the aide’s name is an anagram for ‘Fooled you’.