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London's mayor Johnson to stand for the Commons

LONDON--London Mayor Boris Johnson indicated Wednesday that he would stand for election to the House of Commons next year, a move that could eventually position him as a successor to Prime Minister David Cameron.

The comments from Johnson, known for his messy shock of blond hair and clownish soundbites, end months of speculation about whether he would return to national politics.

Some in Cameron's Conservative Party see Johnson as a popular figure with a high profile who could be a successful future leader if he were to win a seat at next May's general election.

“In all probability I will try to find somewhere to stand in 2015,” Johnson said following a speech in London.

But Johnson, 50, also said he intended to serve out his full term as London's mayor, which does not end until 2016.

He has always played down his chances of eventually becoming prime minister, saying they were about as good as those “of finding Elvis on Mars or my being reincarnated as an olive.”

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