Opinion: Our Conservative candidates for mayor
PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 July 2018
It only seems like yesterday that London last went to the polls to elect its new Mayor.
But politics doesn’t stand still for long and the process of selecting the Conservative candidate for the next mayoral election in 2020 is already underway.
At the weekend party officers whittled a long-list of 10 candidates down to three and it is now down to Conservative Party members across London to decide who takes the fight to Sadiq Khan.
I have worked closely with two of the candidates on the short-list. Andrew Boff and Shaun Bailey are my fellow Assembly Members and either would make a brilliant candidate.
Both live in East London too – Andrew lives in Barking and Shaun is my constituent in Havering.
I know less about the other hopeful, Joy Morrissey.
But she is clearly experienced, having been a councillor as well as a London Assembly and parliamentary candidate.
London has never had a female Mayor and the Conservative Party has a good track record of getting women into high office!
Whoever is selected, the next Conservative mayoral candidate will need to set out a comprehensive agenda to deal with some of the big challenges we face in London.
Under Sadiq Khan, violent crime is going through the roof, including here in Havering and Redbridge.
We have seen how burglaries have gone up across the two boroughs over the past couple of years.
Our candidate will need to convince voters that they, unlike Khan, have a plan to tackle crime and give the Met the resources and operational freedom that it needs.
The new Mayor will also have to find a way of bringing TfL out of debt – especially as so much of London’s transport network needs improving.
The East London stretch of the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) is a prime example – the service is simply not good enough at present.