MEP Syed Kamall enters the London mayoral race
24 June 2015, Blog
Last week Syed Kamall announced he will be running for Mayor of London, ensuring there won’t be a coronation for Zac Goldsmith as the Conservative candidate. The two Tory hopefuls break the typical Conservative mould; Zac Goldsmith is on the party’s left and a committed environmentalist, predicted to attract many second preference votes from Green and Liberal Democrat supporters; Syed Kamall is the Muslim son of an immigrant bus driver with a blue-collar background similar to Labour candidate Sajid Javid. His strong base among London’s Conservative activists – he’s one of London’s MEPs and leader of the third largest group in the European Parliament – will also serve him well.
Zac Goldsmith had made his candidacy conditional on the approval of his constituents in Richmond Park, for who he is MP, which he duly received. Seventy nine per cent of those who responded said yes, though turnout was only 26%.
They join London Assembly Member Andrew Boff, former footballer Sol Campbell, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh and entrepreneur and campaigner Ivan Massow in the Conservative camp.