Romford MP Andrew Rosindell to run for Mayor of London to dethrone 'king of the castle' Sadiq Khan
PUBLISHED: 16:08 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:38 04 July 2018
Romford's long-standing MP Andrew Rosindell has confirmed that he is throwing his hat into the ring to become the next Mayor of London.
The famously patriotic and dog-loving politician, who has been representing the constituency for 16 years, will be one of the Conservatives’ London mayoral candidates for the election in 2020.
From campaigning for the return of the Great British blue passport, to calling for children to be taught patriotism and national pride in schools, he has been at the centre of many UK-related campaigns.
Most recently, he called for more to be done about violence in London in the House of Commons last week during a second reading of the Offensive Weapons Bill.
“A lot of people have been saying that I should put my name forward but it was the last chance to do so today”, he said.
“It was a bit of a last minute decision when I woke up this morning but thought I would like to be in the running.
“I believe in a very different idea of what London should be and with the increase in crime as well, it was the last straw.
“There is a long way to go but I hope that me putting my name forward will facilitate more discussions about topics like greater London being an outdated structure.
“Romford is in Essex, Bromley is in Kent and Enfield is Middlesex and these places were made part of greater London in the 60s.
“A different structure is needed to facilitate the different communities, because areas like Havering are often left out and don’t receive enough funding or support.”
He continued: “The main purpose of the Mayor of London is to do with transport and a lot of areas that are in greater London are not involved in transport infrastructure.
“I think we need to change the structure of things and run things differently and make sure the boroughs have more of the power.
“It shouldn’t all be up to the king of the castle, which is how the current mayor is acting.
“More powers need to be given back to the local authorities for them to decide what’s best for their boroughs.
“I am excited to facilitate a purposeful debate about what London should look like.”