As Guido reported a few weeks ago, Nick Boles has confirmed to ConservativeHome that he wants to run for mayor of London. A friend of Dave and head wonk at Policy Exchange, Guido believes a plank of his platform will be to bring back in some form the much loved London Routemaster bus. Londoners loathe the long bendy-buses so he is on to a vote winner with this idea.
No news as yet as to if Peter Stringfellow plans to stand. Guido is willing to be his campaign manager if he does…
Nick emails to say in true Cameroonie fashion that he is making no policy commitments at this stage. However “The Routemaster had fantastic qualities which its replacements conspicuously lack. Livingstone has shown a lack of imagination and nerve in giving in to the Routemaster’s detractors at TfL without demanding that they come up with a new bus design which combines the advantages of the Routemaster with better disabled access. I would not be so easily browbeaten.”
“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”