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Tory contest begins to find candidate to challenge Sadiq Khan

The Tories today launched a contest to find a candidate to challenge Sadiq Khan in the 2020 London mayoral election.

Sadiq Khan at City Hall

Putney MP and former cabinet minister Justine Greening has been tipped as a possible candidate.

Former cabinet minister Justine Greening Credit: PA

The Conservatives said they were hoping to attract 'talented people from all backgrounds and parts of London.

The party is planning to choose it's candidate in time for its annual conference in October. Potential candidates must apply by July 4th.

We are looking for a dynamic candidate who can represent our positive vision for London and really deliver for Londoners.

The current Mayor breaks promise after promise and fails to act on rising violent crime and a lack of affordable homes in the capital. London deserves better.

– PAUL SCULLY MP, CONSERVATIVE VICE CHAIR

The Conservative Party has turned its back on London.

Their Government is riding roughshod over Londoners’ values in the pursuit of an extreme hard Brexit and hammering our city with relentless cuts to policing, transport and housing.

Whoever ends up as their mayoral candidate will have a lot of explaining and apologising to do.

– London Labour Party spokesperson