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Zac Goldsmith named as Conservative London Mayor candidate

PUBLISHED: 07:26 06 October 2015 | UPDATED: 07:32 06 October 2015

Zac Goldsmith, who has been chosen as the Conservative Party's candidate to run for London mayor in 2016, the Tories have announced. (Nick Ansell/PA)

Zac Goldsmith, who has been chosen as the Conservative Party's candidate to run for London mayor in 2016, the Tories have announced. (Nick Ansell/PA)

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Zac Goldmsmith has been chosen as the Conservative Party candidate for the 2016 London Mayoral elections.

The MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston was elected with 6,514 votes - 5000 more than second-placed London MEP Syed Kamall.

Deputy mayor for policing and crime Stephen Greenhalgh was in third place with 864 votes and Andrew Boff, a London Assembly member, came in fourth with 372 votes.

The MP is running against bookmakers favourite Labour MP for Tooting Sadiq Khan, Liberal Democrat Caroline Pidgeon and Green Party’s Sian Berry in the elections next year.

Keen environmentalist Zac Goldsmith said:

“In the last seven years London has come a long way.

“Under Boris, London now leads the world in business, tech, media, art and culture – benefitting from unprecedented investment.

“It is why so many people want to live, work and do business here, and it is also putting increasing pressures on our city.

“I am honoured to have been chosen as the Conservative mayoral candidate and I will work tirelessly to repay that debt.

“I have campaigned hard as an MP, delivering for my constituents and I will fight just as hard to become Mayor so we can build on the progress under Boris in making London work for Londoners.”


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