Conservative Party announces open primary in London mayoral selection contest
8 July 2015, Blog
The Conservatives have announced that all Londoners will be able to vote in the contest to become the Tory candidate for Mayor of London. Anyone on the electoral roll in London will be able to register and vote online, and the shortlist of candidates will be released by the end of July. The final Conservative candidate will be announced in September.
Currently there are seven hopefuls competing for the Conservative logo next to their name on the ballot paper. The influential blog ConservativeHome polled 900 Party members – not just those from London – for their preference. Zac Goldsmith is comfortably in the lead with 56%, followed by Syed Kamall on 28%, Sol Campbell on 5%, Ivan Massow on 4%, Stephen Greenhalgh on 3% and Andrew Boff on 2%. The results suggest that, with three months to go, Goldsmith is the favoured Conservative candidate.