Conservative Home: The civil tone of the rival contenders for the Conservative nomination for the Mayor of London is welcome

Author: Harry Phibbs


As I noted on Monday the race to be the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London is this week cranking up to full gear. So far the contest – between Shaun Bailey, Andrew Boff and Joy Morrissey – has been thoroughly positive and reflects well on Conservatives in the capital. It’s a welcome contrast when we are surrounded by so much comment about how toxic politics has become.

My own hunch is that Bailey is the front runner. A straw poll after a hustings in Orpington put him ahead – albeit in a small sample. Party high-ups would probably be pleased if he is the candidate – on the basis that he would be an upbeat and articulate performer in the media. So that would be an encouragement to Party loyalists.

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