Conservative survey places Zac Goldsmith in pole position
5 August 2015, Blog
Following a lengthy selection process, the Conservative Party has revealed its shortlist of candidates for London Mayor. The final four up for the coveted position are Zac Goldsmith, Syed Kamall, Stephen Greenhalgh and Andrew Boff.
In its first survey of members by Conservative Home since the shortlist was announced, Goldsmith secured 56% of the vote, with Syed Kamall in second place with 32% of support. Stephen Greenhalgh and Andrew Boff are trailing behind, securing just 8% and 4% of the vote respectively. The results are promising for Goldsmith, who has maintained a consistent high level of support; he also topped Conservative polls last month.
The Party has come under criticism over its all-male shortlist of candidates however. Labour mayoral frontrunner, Tessa Jowell condemned the move, arguing that “it is extraordinary that Tory central office believe that they have no women who are fit even to be considered to be their candidate for mayor of London”.