Commenting on his unsuccessful bid to become Rector of Edinburgh University, Boris Johnson MP commented: 'I salute the student body of Edinburgh and congratulate the new Rector on his success. I am sure he will do the job in tremendous style. It has been a very enjoyable campaign fought with tact, honesty and discretion. I am sorry the student body came out against me but democracy has triumphed. Given I am English, a Tory and broadly in favour of top-up fees this was a commendable performance. Though I am of course sad and disappointed that fate has taken a different course and I shall no longer have the chance to represent the students of Edinburgh, the campaign has been extraordinarily good fun and that's the way it goes. I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart everyone who has been involved in the campaign for doing a fantastic job with some pretty unpromising material and I look forward to coming to Edinburgh soon in the course of my duties as Shadow Higher Education spokesman'.