Friday, August 04, 2006
Assemblyman joins race to be Tory Mayoral candidate
I am very pleased to say that Richard Barnes, the Tory Assembly Member for Hillingdon & Ealing and also Councillor for Harefield Ward, is to seek the Conservative nomination at the Mayoral election. I think that Richard would be an excellent candidate and (at last) somebody who represents the outer zones of London. Richard has been at the forefront of the campaign to save Harefield Hospital and also on the issue of public safety, transport (especially trams) and is well known for his work with the Met police. Richard has the backing of Lord Stevens, former Met Chief, and I think he will pick up a lot of support from London MPs and Council Leaders too. Despite being quoted as a 100-1 outsider, I think Richard stands a good chance. He has a site here, but no campaign site yet.