Reports recently surfaced that Tory MP Zac Goldsmith had offered to stand aside and thus force a byelection that could allow Johnson back in.

The plot apparently aimed to pit Johnson against Cameron to lead the party, should the prime minister fail to win an overall majority at the next election.

But today The Guardian reported that Johnson’s aides had dismissed the notion of the alleged plot. Instead, they revealed that Johnson had met with Goldsmith to discuss the proposed Heathrow expansion, which Johnson opposes. But this, they insisted, was the extent of the discussion.

The London mayor previously said that he would serve a full term, which keeps him out of parliament until 2015. “Being mayor is the best job in British politics and it’s what I want to do,” he said.

Goldsmith also denied that he had offered to resign, according to The Guardian.

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