– Broadcaster Jeremy Paxman has said he was approached to become a Conservative candidate in London’s mayoral election. The former Newsnight host said he had been invited to meet Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss the idea. But he said he decided a week ago he would not enter the running to replace Boris Johnson in 2016 “for all the eclairs in Paris”. Earlier The Times reported an approach to Mr Paxman had “excited” Tory MPs but had not been backed by Conservative HQ.
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