Boris Johnson will defend his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency seat at the next general election, a source has confirmed.
Since stepping down as prime minister in July he has returned to the backbenches, with speculation building he may follow the lead of former leader David Cameron in withdrawing from Westminster.
The Daily Mail reportedly approached Mr Johnson about writing a column for the newspaper, something he did in the Telegraph for a rumoured £270,00 annual salary for a weekly opinion piece. While this is yet to come to fruition, the 58-year-old could still earn a decent sum from the after-dinner speaking circuit, while his newly minted third marriage to Carrie Johnson – with whom he now has two children – should keep him occupied domestically.
But it seems like Mr Johnson is not ready to give up everyday politics just yet, and while he is still an MP he is eligible to stand as party leader. This is a prospect he flirted with in the race to replace Liz Truss, when he flew back from holiday in the Dominican Republic to take part in the competition.
Boris Johnson speaks to media outside 10 Downing Street in London