Goldsmith and Campbell announce Mayoral bids

12 June 2015, Blog

With the Labour camp’s search for their London Mayoral candidate in full swing (and nominations from local Labour parties and affiliates now closed), attention has turned this week to Conservative candidates gearing up their bids.

Former England defender Sol Campbell has announced his bid to become the Tory candidate for the capital’s mayoralty, in the same year in which he publicly entered the world of politics opposing Ed Miliband’s plans to introduce a mansion tax. He accepts he ‘is not going to be a front runner’ in the battle for the selection, which naturally points to another announcement this week from Zac Goldsmith.

The Richmond Park MP has formally announced his intentions to seek the Conservative nomination, and appears to be the natural frontrunner, not just in his party but also in appealing to the wider population of the city. Often regarded as being an independently-minded Tory, alongside keen interests in democratic issues and the environment (being a fierce opponent of Heathrow expansion), figures in Labour are already aware of the threat his broad appeal could have. With nearly eight years of Boris Johnson at City Hall and the impressive gains made by Labour in London at the General Election, Goldsmith’s candidacy could throw a spanner in the works of any theory that Labour are easily positioned to win in 2016.

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