Zac Goldsmith launches mayoral bid

Tory MP has his eye on City Hall

Zac Goldsmith is asking his constituents’ permission to run for mayor of London after being urged to stand by people “from across the political spectrum”.

Writing to his constituents in Richmond Park, he said: “Since being re-elected, I have been approached by many people from across the political spectrum and none, urging me to put my name forward to the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London”.

In a postal ballot he asked their permission to run, adding he wouldn’t do it if his 77,000 constituents didn’t agree with it.

Goldsmith said: “I have just been re-elected as MP and it’s important to know whether or not my constituents are happy for me to run for Mayor. They must have the right to say no and it is now up to them to decide without interference.”

While he wouldn’t be forced to quit as an MP if he won – Boris Johnson is currently an MP and mayor of London – he would be expected to do so in order to properly meet the demands of the job.

Goldsmith’s announcement follows the news of former footballer Sol Campbell’s bid to become Conservative candidate for London mayor.

The two come from very different sides of the Tory party. Campbell grew up in a working class family in East London and made his wealth from league and international football, while former-Etonian Goldsmith is the son of billionaire financier Sir James Goldsmith.

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Is he serious that he feels he is a contender in a Labour stronghold city with all the problems of disparity of wealth-housing shortages, food banks, high rents, high transport costs etc-as a Tory candidate and with a name like Goldsmith! He must live a little in cloud cuckoo land! But i suppose that's no obstacle to achieving the position as we know. Well I guess if you represent Richmond Park you are obviously going to be 'approached by people from across the political spectrum' here, since Richmond Park is such a diverse area, reminiscent of Tower Hamlets and Bethnal Green I would say. If this is all the Tories can conjure up then Christian (Wolmar)_you should walk it if you can only reach the Labour short list- your policies are what London needs now to address the imbalance in lifestyle between rich and poor which the financial success of London as a great city has unfortunately led to under Tory guidance.

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