‘Boris Johnson moving to Chiswick’ rumour resurfaces more strongly

Is he or isn’t he?

The gossip mill was working overtime at the weekend as to whether Boris Johnson, who stood down as an MP on Friday, had exchanged contacts on a house in Bedford Park. The Chiswick Calendar was told he had ‘”exchanged contracts” on a house in Priory Avenue being sold by Kinleigh, Folkard and Hayward.

The house in question is a detached six bedroom house with four reception rooms and two bathrooms, advertised at £3,950,000. It has a ‘Contracts exchanged’ label on it on their website and is currently being gutted and refitted by builders. There is a new-looking ‘Beware the dog’ sign on the back door. (Proof positive that the Johnson family is moving in if ever there were!)

The builders say they do not know who has bought the house. One neighbour told The Chiswick Calendar there was “no substance to the rumours”. Another told us Boris had been to see the house but their information was he had decided against buying it and had opted instead to buy in Henley (which he represented as MP from 2001 – 2008).

Colin Firth sells his house

One move we can confirm is that actor Colin Firth has sold his house nearby. Nick Clegg has bought it, but has not yet moved in.

Ruth Cadbury and Andy Slaughter head to Uxbridge to support Labour’s candidate in the by-election

Boris Johnson’s sudden departure on Friday, after the news the Privileges Committee were preparing to suspend him for deliberately misleading Parliament, means there will be a by-election in Uxbridge.

Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, and Andy Slaughter, MP for Hammersmith, were both enjoying the sunshine at Green Days on Saturday when they got the call from Labour Pary HQ to hightail it round to Uxbridge to support Labour’s candidate there, Danny Beales asap.

Their candidate, who is 34, has been a councillor for nine years, five of them as a Cabinet member on Camden Council. He works in the health service, working to secure new investments and better access to care for people with long-term health conditions.

He grew up in South Ruislip and Ruislip Manor, raised by a single parent who was made homeless when Danny was 15.

“It was my first experience of homelessness, that drove me to join the Labour Party when I was a teenager.”

He has been out canvassing this weekend and says he expects to be out canvassing for votes every day until the byelection to replace Johnson takes place. Uxbridge is a key Labour target which Britain Predicts polling currently puts them on course to win.