Boris told to be 'full-time' Uxbridge MP as Ickenham and Ruislip's MP gets Govt police job

Boris Johnson has been challenged to be a “full-time as opposed to a part-time” MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip after his re-election.

The Conservative MP's rival candidate at the General Election, Vincent Lo, suggested that he needed to spend more time working for his constituents following criticism that he is more focused on his Government Cabinet Minister role. Mr Johnson has been re-appointed as Foreign Secretary.

Meanwhile, Ickenham's MP Nick Hurd, who has also been criticised previously for his efforts as a constituency MP, including coming under fire over HS2, was today announced as Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service. He was previously Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry.

In his victory speech on Friday morning, Mr Johnson said he had heard people across Uxbridge raise all kinds of concerns during the election campaign.

He said: “We have to listen to our constituents and listen to their concerns. I tell you I will work flat out on behalf of those who voted for me and, of course, all those who didn’t vote for me with equal zeal, as I have done over the last couple of years. I will rededicate myself to working for the interests of this constituency.”

He said he was proud to serve Uxbridge. He won by about 5,000 votes but his Labour rival Mr Lo significantly cut his majority and secured second place.

Mr Lo said: “I really do hope that Boris will become a full-time member of parliament as opposed to a part-time member of parliament.”

Watch both of their speeches below.

Prior to the election, Mr Johnson was slammed for not attending the main hustings event in Uxbridge so his constituents could quiz him before they went to polls. He also failed to attend some hustings in the run up to the 2015 election.

Mr Lo questioned said at the Yiewsley hustings: “The two questions asked about Boris are: Have you seen him? And what has he done for you? The answer is no and nothing.”

Although Mr Johnson appeared to dismiss the claim, when listening to Mr Lo's speech on stage at the election result announcement, he refused to talk to the media afterwards. He also ignored reporters' questions on his arrival that night.

With a voter turnout of 66.8%, a rise of 0.6%, Mr Johnson won with a share of 50.8% of the vote and a majority of 5,034.

Mr Hurd chose to concentrate in his victory speech on Friday on the terrorism atrocities that rocked the country during the election campaign.

He also said: “To the 30,000 people who voted for me, I thank you for your trust, to those who didn't vote for me I want to be very clear, I will continue to do what I know is absolutely important that Parliament is very important, is to work for everyone however they voted.

“I will continue to stand up for the community in the face of whatever the future throws for us."

Watch his victory speech on the video below. At the bottom of the article you can see a video of how he reacted when asked by Hillingdon is Here and other journalists for his views on the overall result.

See more news from the election voting count HERE.


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