Published on August 11th, 2015 |
by Kowser Ali
Tory shortlist for 2016 London Mayoral Election
We are less than a year away from the Mayoral Election which is to be held on the 5th of May 2016, and Boris Johnson will no longer be able to run for re-election for a third term as he is now a Member of Parliament for Uxbridge as of May 2015. The Conservatives announced their shortlist of candidates who will compete to be the Tory candidate in the mayoral election next year in the hopes of replacing Boris Johnson and keeping London blue.
Tory party members have strong faith in their shortlisted candidates as London Regional Chairman Ian Twinn said:
“We have four excellent candidates who will now campaign across London over the summer before all Londoners will get the opportunity to vote in our primary in September.”
The shortlist consists of Andrew Boff who is a member of the London Assembly, Zac Goldsmith Member of Parliament for Richmond Park and North Kingston, Syed Kamall, member of European Parliament and Stephen Greenhalgh, London deputy mayor for policing. These four are set to fight it out to be the Conservative candidate for the Mayoral Election, but what exactly do we know about the four shortlisted Tories?
Member of the London Assembly since 2008 and Leader of the Assembly Conservatives since 2012.
His main agenda is building more houses, he argues that not enough people are building houses, he claims that to help reduce overcrowding in London, higher quality and larger homes are to be built.
Another issue he focuses on is policing in London. He claims that he wants to suppress the need and desire for trafficked labour and illegal immigration by convincing Government to devolve the enforcement of the minimum wage.
Member of the European Parliament since 2005 and Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformist group since 2014.
His main agenda that the argues that needs addressing is housing in London and the difficulty of buying a house. He describes his number one priority as housing.
Deputy Mayor for policing and crime, former Conservative Councillor for Hammersmith and Fulham.
Greenhalgh’s priority too is housing and making housing in London more affordable and building more low cost homes for Londoners
He also pledges to make travelling around London less expensive by cutting Tube and Rail Travel cards by 3% per year saving the average Londoner who owns a zone 1-3 Travel card £900 over a period of 4 years.
Member of Parliament for Richmond and North Kingston.
Zac argues that there is a strong possibility that native Londoners will be priced out of the city, so in order to prevent this he wants to double the amount of homes being built in the city.
He also wants to get more funding for TFL in order to provide better service, make commutes safer, more reliable and faster. He also wants to provide better TFL service whilst cutting the cost of transport for Londoners.
These four will battle it out to win the support of the party and become the Conservative candidate for the 2016 Mayoral Election, only time will tell which of these four it will be.