Boris Johnson: No.10 is not for me, eight years is enough for any politicianReported by Metro.co.uk on Friday, 11 May 2012 (on May 11, 2012)
*Boris Johnson has ruled out ever becoming prime minister and claims to have ‘no idea why people go on about it so much’.*
London Mayor Boris Johnson was re-elected for a second term last week, beating Labour rival Ken Livingstone (Picture: Reuters/Paul Hackett)
Mr Johnson, who was re-elected mayor of London last Friday, also insists he won’t be running for a third term at City Hall, unlike his election rival Ken Livingstone.
'I’ve said eight years is enough for any politician and that’s the truth,' he said.
‘I think that’s in the end what did for Ken. He did many good things but he just... did it for too long. So I don’t think I’ll change my mind.'
And Conservative Johnson is adamant there are no hard feelings between the pair.
'I was cycling and I was thinking about everything and I thought sod it I bet nobody has invited Ken to the Olympics,' he said.
Ken was the Mayor of London from 2000 - 2008 (Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty)
'So I checked and I rang him today and said I very much hoped he and Emma would be able to come. He sounded very pleased.
'I do think it’s a bit sad - he played a big role in getting it - and so I’ve given him that invitation.
'It was a very friendly conversation.'
Johnson has no inclinations to run for Prime Minister (Picture: Getty)
Mr Johnson gained 51.5 per cent of last week’s votes after second preferences were added.
And he has since revealed he was secretly confident in the run up to the vote.
'The honest truth is that a lot of people around me started thinking we might go down, or gave that impression. But somehow or other I didn’t really think it,' he explained.
'I sort of had a vague feeling that it was going to be alright.
'I only wrote one speech and that was a victory speech. I don’t know why.
'I would love to tell you that I did a kind of "fire up the shredders" and so on but I’m afraid I didn’t.
'I felt throughout the campaign, I have to confess to you… I thought it was more likely we would win than not.'
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