Sunday, 25 May 2008

No Johnson dynasty in Henley

. Keeping it in the family didn't work for Labour in Crewe and Nantwich and it looks like the Conservatives have decided that a Johnson political dynasty in Henley wouldn't work either. The Daily Mail reports that Stanley Johnson, Boris's father, hopes of inheriting his son's seat have been dashed by David Cameron.

Following Boris's victory in the London mayoral race Stanley had expressed some hopes of being put forward for the seat. However, Tory strategists feel that Johnson senior entering parliament would be a 'complete disaster' and only serve to remind voters of Johnson juniors huge gaffe potential.

Celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson was in the frame but according to the report Cameron 'charmed' the local party into shortlisting three local councillors. A decision is expected next week with the writ for the election expected to be issued as soon as MP's return from their Whitsun break next week.

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