Boris Johnson has been re-selected as the Conservative candidate in his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency.

It comes following speculation that the former prime minister might seek out a safer seat, ahead of the next general election.

The Guardian reported last month that Mr Johnson was said to be moving to a £4m nine-bedroom, Grade II-listed home in Oxfordshire. 

The paper previously reported on January 30 that Mr Johnson had been viewing a property in the county.

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The home was located near his former constituency of Henley, for which he served as MP between 2001 and 2008.

However, a spokesperson said: “I can confirm Boris Johnson has been reselected as the Conservative candidate in Uxbridge and South Ruislip.”

While Mr Johnson holds a 7,000 vote majority, his seat is seen as a target for Labour at the next election.

Allies of Mr Johnson have always rejected any suggestion he would seek a new or safer seat, despite persistent speculation.

Since leaving office last September, Mr Johnson has declared more than £1 million in speaking fees.

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He has also made a number of public interventions since exiting Downing Street, earlier this month criticising the deal with the EU Prime Minister Rishi Sunak agreed to replace elements of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

In a statement, the Uxbridge and South Ruislip Conservative Association said: “Tonight the Uxbridge & South Ruislip selection committee adopted Boris Johnson as our parliamentary candidate.

“We look forward to continuing to work alongside him to deliver for the residents and communities within the constituency, where he has strong connections and involvement.

“His commitment to deliver a new Hillingdon Hospital for Uxbridge & South Ruislip residents remains at the forefront of his work as our local MP.”