The news that Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith has finally decided to stand for London mayor should put the fear into the hearts of all of Labour’s current mayoral candidates.
Goldsmith is by far the Tories’ best chance of hanging onto City Hall. He is a proven election winner who recently increased his own majority from 4,000 to 23,000 in Richmond Park.
Compare that to Labour candidate Sadiq Khan who saw a Conservative to Labour swing in his Tooting seat of just 0.3% in last month’s general election.
Goldsmith also has a clear cross party appeal. A strong environmentalist and campaigner for democratic reform he can appeal not just to suburban Tories but to Green party, Liberal and many Labour voters too.
He would also be a clear break from the current mayor Boris Johnson. Speaking during a Westminster Hall debate on pollution this morning, Goldsmith signalled that he would concentrate on making London a greener and more sustainable city.
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