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Simon Dudley praises 'fantastic politician' Boris Johnson following Conservative selection defeat

Simon Dudley praises 'fantastic politician' Boris Johnson following Conservative selection defeat

Luke Matthews

Simon Dudley praises 'fantastic politician' Boris Johnson following Conservative selection defeat

The deputy leader of the Royal Borough has lost out to Boris Johnson in the race to represent the Conservatives in Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

Cllr Simon Dudley was one of four candidates hoping to stand for the party in the constituency ahead of next year’s general election, with the Mayor of London being selected as the preferred choice.

Cllr Dudley said: “It was a fantastic experience. It was a strong field there and I did well.

“I wanted to be the MP there but it was always going to be difficult against the Mayor of London.

“He (Boris Johnson) is a fantastic Conservative politician and a great Mayor of London.

“He would be a great MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

“Hopefully he is now fully onside with the no third runway at Heathrow.

“He’s been pretty clear on no third runway. There’s going to have to be another solution.”

The Riverside ward councillor added it would have been special to secure the seat having been born in the area and because of its close proximity to Windsor and Maidenhead.

Hillingdon councillor David Simmonds and barrister Suella Fernandes were also in the running.

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