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Boris Johnson is in for a battle in Uxbridge. Quartz’s Annabelle Timsit reports from the UK prime minister’s home constituency, to hear what residents have to say about their MP—and why a win there isn’t entirely guaranteed.

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  • Last week I spent time in a suburban area just outside of London that has become one of the hotspots of the upcoming UK general election. The constituency of Uxbridge & South Ruislip is Boris Johnson's seat, which he won in 2017 with a very slim majority of votes. If Johnson’s Conservative Party wins

    Last week I spent time in a suburban area just outside of London that has become one of the hotspots of the upcoming UK general election. The constituency of Uxbridge & South Ruislip is Boris Johnson's seat, which he won in 2017 with a very slim majority of votes. If Johnson’s Conservative Party wins the Dec. 12 general election but he loses his seat, he may have to stand down. No incumbent prime minister has ever lost their seat at a general election, and it’s not entirely clear what would happen if they did.

    Challenging Johnson is 25-year-old former student politician Ali Milani, who has run a successful grassroots campaign and hopes to do the unthinkable by unseating a prime minister. But my time in his constituency showed me he has an uphill battle ahead of him. Johnson is popular with voters there, as is Brexit (the constituency voted to leave the EU in 2016.) Milani, a staunch Remainer and Corbynite, has his work cut out for him.