Mayor Boris

Andrew Pierce in the Torygraph is speculating that we could get an announcement of a Boris candidature today.

“I’m Backing Boris” T-shirts are on order. C’mon Boris…

UPDATE : ConservativeHome is reporting that the Boris website was showing this earlier – so it looks like it the game is on! T-shirts coming…
UPDATE II : Boris’ on-blog announcement is still in the archive.

Everyone is Backing Boris

Despite the fact that Guido rarely meets anyone who doesn’t want Boris to run, the issue is troubling Guido, with less than a week to go before nominations close things are still unclear. The Backing Boris Facebook group has gained over 500 members in a few days, a small but telling indicator of his popularity.

Boris has intimated that the opinion of his constituency supporters is crucial. So Guido emailed them to encourage them to look favourably on Boris running for Mayor. You can too by emailing soca@oxfordshireconservatives.com.

The prospect of Steve Norris losing to Ken again fills Guido with dread. Why would the Tories repeat the pattern? C’mon Boris…

83% Back Boris for Mayor

Guido’s now closed poll of readers scientifically sampled a total of 1060 co-conspirators. A massive 83% backed Boris running.
Run Boris, Run. London needs you…

The Case for Boris

Guido has learned that Boris has been discussing the possibility of running for Mayor since at least January. Boris is concerned that he first has to have the support of his constituency if he is to devote six months to campaigning for the job.

Surely Henley can spare him in the noble quest to finally rid Lo
ndon of Ken?


The Succinct Case for Boris:

  • He is high profile and likeable. He has name and face recognition that matches Ken Livingstone. Very few people outside the Conservative activist base know any of the other candidates.
  • He would be the popular grassroots choice with his own party activists.
  • He reaches out to those not usually interested in politics.
  • He is a talented media performer and campaigner.
  • He can win.
There are only ten days left to draft him, nominations close Monday July 16th. Currently over 80% of those polled by Guido want Boris to run…
UPDATE : Hammersmith Tory councillor Harry Phibbs, writing for the Conservative leaning think-tank the Social Affairs Unit, backed Boris for Mayor in January.

Speccie Endorses Boris for Mayor

Matthew d’Ancona has declared Boris to be the official candidate of The Spectator for the position of London Mayor.
The I’m Backing Boris Facebook group is now open for business…

UPDATE : Tory Radio is backing Boris.

UPDATE : Somebody has bought up today : boris4london.com, boris4london.org, boris4london.co.uk, boris4london.org.uk, boris4london.net, boris4mayor.org, boris4mayor.com, boris4mayor.org, boris4mayor.co.uk, boris4mayor.org.uk, boris4mayor.net.

Let It Be True

Such is the antipathy to Shagger Norris, that the speculation around Westminster is that Shagger Boris is now Dave’s preferred candidate for Mayor of London. Please let it be true…

UPDATE : Nick Robinson (who broke the story), re-confirms that Boris is considering running. Boris has put out a statement “Being Mayor of London would be a fantastic job and anyone who loves London would want to consider the possibility very carefully. I want to stress that this idea did not come from David Cameron or from anyone in his office but I have, of course, been very struck by the number of people who have been urging me to run. In my case, there are huge obstacles – above all my commitment and responsibility to my constituency. It is hard to see how those difficulties could be overcome – but I am ruling nothing out.”

++ BOLES PULLS OUT OF TORY MAYORAL RACE ++

Nick Boles is quitting the race due to serious illness. He is getting treatment for cancer. Best of luck Bolesy.

Stringfellow Not Standing for Tory Mayor

Bit hungover* after having dinner with Peter Stringfellow at his new club The Wardour. He gave a rousing speech to an enthusiastic crowd from the Young Britons’ Foundation who were there to celebrate May Day in a plutocratic capitalist style. Alas, Stringy declined to throw his hat into the ring for Mayor of London because he told Guido, at 66 he needs all his energy for his 24-year-old fiancée.

Guido’s campaign for a knighthood for Peter in recognition of his contribution to the cultural life of our nation continues. Sign the petition to the Queen and show your appreciation. Do it, and right this wrong.

*Have an interesting video to upload from the night…

40 Tory Mayoral Hopefuls

Guido understands that some 40 wannabees have put their name forward to CCHQ in their quest to become Mayor of London. Still time for you to put your name forward…

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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

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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

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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

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