Liberal Conservative Mayoral Candidate?

Iain Dale says he has checked and Greg Dyke was a serious proposition as the joint Liberal/Conservative Mayoral candidate.

Neither the Tory or LibDem high commands have so far managed to find the candidate to take on Ken. Combined perhaps they can do it. Dyke has technocratic ability, a combatitive personality and a track record. He is only a recent convert from Labour to LibDem, so sticking a blue and yellow rosette on him would be a shock. Not least for the activist base who might not be too keen…

UPDATE : The story is true, Greg Dyke confirms an approach was made, which he turned down.

When Pop and Politics Collide

It is a very weird world. Lembit Opik might like to know that the Tory Mayoral hopeful, Mike Read, is “currently writing for and recording with both The Cheeky Girls”.

Get Lembit to do a duet!

Hat-tip: Border Reiver

London Mayor : LibDems No Hope, Tory Mayor Hopefuls

The LibDems have matched the Tories finally. Matched their inability to find a Mayoral candidate that is, Iain Dale reminds us that the LibDems were supposed to announce a shortlist of London Mayoral candidates yesterday. Silence.

So despite, in the words of Simon Hughes, “casting their net far and wide in our search for a candidate to represent our diverse capital” they struck out in their talent search. Mind you look at the motley crue that have now come forward for the Tories. Guido is not sure this is even the complete list:

Richard Barnes No web site as of yet.
Andrew Boff www.easteight.com/
Nick Boles www.nickboles.com
Victoria Borwick www.mayor-for-london.co.uk
Lurline Champaignie www.lurline4london.com
Simon Fawthrop www.fawthropformayor.co.uk
Peter Hobbins No web site as of yet.
Warwick Lightfoot www.lightfootforlondon.com
Winston McKenzie www.myspace.com/winstonmckenzieuk
Mike Read No web site as of yet.
Lee Rotherham www.newstartforlondon.com

Some of them are very strange indeed. God help London.

Mayor Boles?

Guido understands that Nic Boles plans to throw his hat in the ring for mayor of London. Hard to say if it is hubristic or not. His performance in Hove was not brilliant and he would himself admit he was disappointed. So what qualifies him to be mayor of London?
The Policy Exchange boss has done lots of worthy things on “localism” he even served as chairman of Westminster’s Housing Committee and a few years ago Nic was associate producer of the West End production of “The Mysteries“. Which is a good way of describing the Tory selection process for their mayoral candidate.

The Tories plan to let Labour party members choose their candidate (Guido kids you not). Francis Maude, the party chairman, reckons “We already have the loyal support of our membership, … But now we need to reach out to the wider electorate and get new people involved in politics.” Anyone on the electoral roll will be able to choose the Tory mayoral candidate.

Guido is only too ready and willing to support and campaign for the man who has done more for the joy of London than any other, the proud Thatcherite, successful entrepreneur, supreme cultural ambassador and mayor-to-be: Peter Stringfellow.



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