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Boris Johnson has ruled out becoming Conservative MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, following the resignation this morning of Louise Mensch.
Ms Mensch's move had sparked speculation that the Mayor of London would stand for the seat as the first part of a bid to become the next Conservative Party leader.
But Mr Johnson dismissed the idea this morning, saying: "I'm sure Corby is a lovely town but I have a fantastic job running the best big city on the planet."
Mr Johnson was speaking ahead of an Olympics Cobra Committee meeting that he is attending this morning, along with senior Government figures.
Former author Ms Mensch this morning tweeted that she was "devasted" to resign, but felt she had found it "impossible to balance the needs of [her] family" with work in Parliament.
In her resignation letter to the Prime Minister, Ms Mensch said she was “honoured” to serve as an MP under his leadership.
In his reply, David Cameron said it was with “enormous regret” that he accepted her resignation and said she had served with “great distinction” on the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.
He thanked her for her role outside of Westminster: “You have helped bring politics alive to those outside the Westminster Village, through your effective appearances on the television and your use of social media.”
He added: “It goes without saying that I had wished to see you serve for longer and at a more senior level.”
Ms Mensch will now move to New York to live with her family full-time.
Labour's candidate for the seat, Andy Sawford, said he respected Ms Mensch for the “honest” way she has dealt with her decision to resign, but insisted the by-election will “focus on the two wasted years of Tory policies.”
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