Boris Johnson denies wanting to return to House of Commons while at Derbyshire meeting
Boris Johnson has said he does not want to be parachuted in to another MP's seat in order to return to the House of Commons, a Derbyshire Tory party member has claimed.
The Mayor of London was the main speaker at a Conservative Party meeting held at Morley Hayes hotel, Derbyshire, today.
One of the 200 party members attending was Peter Dawson, of Borrowash - who says he would like Mr Johnson to make a run to become Tory leader.
It has been reported that Sir Peter Tapsell, MP for Louth and Horncastle, in Lincolnshire, would be willing to give up his safe seat to enable Mr Johnson to return to the House of Commons.
Keen to find out if this was true, Mr Dawson said he asked the Mayor: "We've heard that there is a Conservative MP who is prepared to step aside in order for you to return to the House of Commons. Is this true? Some of us would like to see this happen."
He said Mr Johnson replied: "No. I intend to carry on as Mayor of London."