Boris Johnson may have resigned as leader of the Conservative Party, but he will retain his seat in the House of Commons as an MP
Johnson was left with no alternative after more than 50 members of his government and cabinet resigned over his handling of the Chris Pincher scandal.
The prime minister had vowed to carry on but faced an uphill battle after even his most ardent allies, including Rishi Sunak, Sajid Javid and Michael Gove, called for his resignation.
Johnson will remain prime minister until a replacement is secured, which could take all summer.
Johnson has been active in Parliament for over 20 years and is not going to leave anyway.
Here’s everything you need to know about Boris Johnson’s constituency.
Is Boris Johnson an MP?
Johnson is MP for the Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency.
Since its inception, the seat has always been held by a member of the Conservative Party.
Johnson succeeded former real estate developer Michael Heseltine, who had retired.
In an interview with GB News in June 2022, some of his constituents expressed feeling “abandoned” by the Prime Minister.
One man interviewed said: “I think it’s very doubtful that he can survive this. I really don’t. Because, you know, he has too many votes against him to be a credible leader anymore. The party is over. It is at odds at the moment.”
Whereas one female voter reflecting on the Partygate scandal said: “I think it has let the country down. And at the time when everyone who was staying at home and trying to protect each other by isolating, he was celebrating.”
How long has Boris Johnson been MP for the Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat?
Johnson became MP for the constituency in 2015 and still holds his seat in the House of Commons.
But that’s not the only constituency the former Conservative Party leader has held.
Johnson was first elected to Parliament in 2001, in the safe seat of the Henley Conservatives.
During this time he also worked as an editor for the newspaper Spectator.
His first term in Parliament was not ambitious, as Johnson only participated in 45% of parliamentary votes in his second term, but during his tenure he was appointed shadow arts secretary.
In 2004, it was revealed that Johnson was having an affair with Spectator journalist Petronella Wyatt.
He was dismissed from his role in the shadow cabinet after being caught lying but carried on as MP.
Johnson continued to serve in the Henley constituency until 2008, when he resigned to launch his bid for Mayor of London.
After leaving Parliament, he successfully won two terms as Mayor of London and oversaw the city as it welcomed fans for the 2012 Olympics.
Johnson returned to the House of Commons in 2015 after being elected for his current constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
Where is his constituency?
Uxbridge and South Ruislip lie west of Greater London.
It is in the Borough of Hillingdon and is just 14 miles outside of central London.
Uxbridge is best known for its scenic canals and canal boats.
The constituency had 112,508 residents in 2020.