David Cameron today said he was “delighted” by Boris Johnson’s mayoral victory and vowed the pair would work together for the good of London.
The British Prime Minister praised Mr Johnson for running a “very strong” campaign and said he had enjoyed backing his bid for re-election.
Speaking at City Hall, Mr Cameron said “I think it was a very strong campaign by Boris. It was based on his record, on the excellent things he has done out there and I am delighted to congratulate him.
“It was a campaign the whole Conservative party got behind.
“I enjoyed campaigning for Boris but now what matters is working together for the good of London, as PM, as Mayor, and that is exactly what we are going to do.”
Mr Johnson polled 1,054,811 votes to Ken Livingstone’s 992,273 in a contest that was much closer than experts had predicted.
Standing by the PM’s side today, the mayor said he hopes “very much” to continue working with the Government to secure investment for London.
He added: “I think people were listening to what we had to say about taxes, getting rid of all sorts of unnecessary expenditure, putting it where people want to see it.
“It was a very hard-fought long campaign.
“I am grateful to the Conservative Party. They did turn out in large numbers to help me but I think we were able to reach people across the city with a message that resonated with them in tough times.”
He added: “I hope very much to continue working with the Government to get the investment that London needs.”
To enthusiastic applause from party members Mr Johnson signed the declaration of office.
He told the group the election had given him a mandate to go forward with the controversial automation of the Tube.
Watched by Scotland Yard boss Bernard Hogan-Howe he added the result also gave him a mandate to keep police numbers high.
He promised to “work his socks off” and stand up for London in Whitehall.