1. ITV Report

Conservatives pick final three candidates for 2020 mayoral election

The next London mayoral election will be held in May 2020. Photo: ITN

The Conservatives have revealed their final shortlist of three who all hope to be chosen to be the party's candidate for London mayor. The shortlist has been chosen from ten candidates who had put their names forward. One will now be picked to stand in the election for the Tories in two years' time.

Joy Morrisey is a councillor in Ealing. Credit: Conservatives
Shaun Bailey is Deputy Leader of the London Assembly Conservatives. Credit: Conservatives
Andrew Boff has been a London Assembly member since 2008. Credit: Conservatives

It means that for the first time, the Conservative candidate will not have served as an MP. The previous candidates, Steve Norris, Boris Johnson and Zac Goldsmith all had parliamentary experience. The current mayor Sadiq Khan has already confirmed he will stand again.

These are three strong candidates with positive visions for London who can take on Sadiq Khan for his failings in crime, housing and transport. I wish them all the best of luck as they proceed to the next stage.

– Brandon Lewis, Conservative Party chairman

However, the shortlist will not please everyone - the Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg wanted it to include a Eurosceptic.

Party members deserve a proper choice and that must include a Brexiteer.

– Jacob Rees-Mogg on Twitter