Paxman approached to run for mayor

  • Former BBC Newsnight presenter has confirmed he was approached to run for the Conservatives as London mayoral candidate when Boris Johnson finishes his term in 2016. 
  • Paxman said he decided he wouldn't run 'for all the eclairs in Paris' despite being canvassed by PM David Cameron. 
  • Story suggesting Paxman might run first appeared in The Times on Friday.
  • Paxman will host Channel 4's election coverage next May. 

The Times report