Mayoral race heats up
13 May 2015, Blog
On Monday (11 May), the mayoral race intensified as two candidates – Sadiq Khan and David Lammy cleared the way for their campaigns. Sadiq Khan stepped down from his post as shadow justice minister and David Lammy declared that he would not be putting himself forward for Labour leader, thus demonstrating his commitment to the mayoral contest.
Sadiq Khan increased his majority in Tooting from 2,524 to 2,833 as he held onto his constituency for the third time.
Lammy, who is considered further to the right of the Labour Party than Khan, will also enter the contest with an increased majority. He was able to increase his in Tottenham by 4,526 votes from 2010. In the neighbouring constituency to the South, Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Diane Abbott, who won with a sizable 62.9 percent of the vote share, has also declared her interest as standing as a Labour candidate.
The selection contest for the Mayoral battle officially begins today (13 May). Candidates will require applicants to receive a minimum of five nominations from London’s 73 constituency parties (CLPs) to go forward to an interview with a shortlisting panel. All London party members, together with affiliated union members and other members of the London public who become registered supporters for a £3 fee by the same date, will vote for those shortlisted in the election. The result is due to be announced on 31 July.