Labour and Conservative mayoral hopefuls

27 May 2015, Blog

Following the Labour party’s impressive election showing in the capital, the post of London Mayor is largely considered to be “Labour’s to lose”. With the deadline for the party’s mayoral applicants having now closed, Labour has assembled a list of eight potential candidates for the job.

The list boasts a number of familiar names, including Diane Abbott, Dame Tessa Jowell, David Lammy, Sadiq Khan and Gareth Thomas. In amongst this list of current and ex-MPs are a few outsiders; Keran Kerai, a writer from Harrow, Neeraj Patil, former Mayor of Lambeth, and Christian Wolmar, an author and journalist.

The odds currently have Jowell edging forward as the most likely candidate to return London back into Labour hands, with MP for Tooting, Sadiq Khan, a close second. Jowell is trying to position herself as the “moderate” candidate and her supporters point to the fact that she herself has experience of winning a previously Tory held parliamentary seat. The Blairite wing of the party, if it can be described as such any more, is thought to favour her. However, do not rule out Sadiq Khan at all – he has been planning for this race for some time and has a strong network of support across London.

The picture is not as clear for the Conservative Party, who have yet to formalise a complete list of candidates. As it stands, candidates in the running to take over from Boris Johnson are significantly lacking experience in national politics. Those who have formally announced their intention to stand are deputy mayor for policing and crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, former footballer Sol Campbell, financial services entrepreneur Ivan Massow, and current member of the London Assembly, Andrew Boff.

With cabinet minister Justine Greening recently quashing rumours that she will stand, Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond, might provide the Tories with the best chance of success in the capital; although he is yet to formally throw his hat into the ring.

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