Labour is planning to launch a full-scale assault on Boris Johnson, labelling him a man with two part-time jobs if he stands for a seat in the House of Commons before quitting as Mayor in 2016. Senior party sources say Ed Miliband is backing the attack, which would be spearheaded by shadow London minister Sadiq Khan.
Sadiq Khan has told members that he will remain as MP for Tooting until 2020 even if he becomes Mayor of London.
Guido hears there is serious local concern that if Khan wins and forces a by-election, then the Tories will take the seat as they almost did in 2010 and 2015. Khan’s platform for Mayor is a seriously reduced majority as more yuppies and dinkies move to his gentrified constituency. Not a great sell.
Tellingly, his own CLP nominated both Khan and his deadly rival for the job Tessa Jowell…