Zac Goldsmith was today chosen as the Conservatives’ London mayoral candidate, with a whopping 70% of the vote.
The details of the result were less impressive for the party however. Just 9,000 people took part in the ballot, fewer than half of the number who took part in the previous contest which selected Boris Johnson and a tiny fraction of the numbers who have joined Labour in London since May.
This does suggest that enthusiasm for the green-minded Goldsmith among Tory members is not quite as strong as the headline percentage suggests. Could his support for extending charges against motorists and his opposition to airport expansion have turned some Tories cold?
At the very least it doesn’t bode well for the Tories’ activist base in London.
However, in some ways the poor turnout is unsurprising. Unlike Labour’s recent mayoral contest which contained four big names, Zac always looked like a shoo-in against his relatively unknown rivals. In a closer, more high-profile contest, we wouldRead More »from Five reasons why Zac Goldsmith will be difficult for Labour to beat