Well that was short and sweet. I have just contacted Conservative HQ to let them know that I have to withdraw my application to be considered as a candidate for Mayor of London.
I had to make a number of sacrifices and arrange a number of things in order to apply on time, the change in timescale makes those arrangements obsolete and I am not in a position where I can undo them.
Clearly I am disappointed, I feel that we had a good mix of people and policies amongst the line up and the local election results show that Labour are very beatable here in London.
Rearranging your life to stand for Mayor isn’t easy so I understand that there may be some candidates who were desperate to stand this time round but who were not able to do so, hopefully this delay will give them a chance to.
I am still fully committed to replacing Livingstone with a Conservative mayor and I will work closely (if they want) with whoever becomes our candidate. I will keep the Ideas Forum for London going because it will be a useful source of ideas for our candidate, once selected.
I want to say thank you to everyone who sent me messages of support either through the site or via email. I will be repaying all donations that were sent (that’s going to sting).
(Not standing for Mayor of London)