Beckenham Conservative Association hosted a political supper last night and invited five of the leading names in the race to be Conservative Mayor of London to speak. In alphabetical order they were: Nick Boles, Cllr Victoria Borwick, Cllr Simon Fawthrop, Cllr Warwick Lightfoot and Dr Lee Rotherham.
They are all very different candidates, not all well known, but each experienced and passionate. Some people believe that Ken Livingstone won't be beaten at the next election in 2008, I don't subscribe to that for an instant. Each of the candidates last night highlighted both Livingstone's failings as mayor and their solutions. They all did it in a clear and compelling way.
Very little air time has been given to views which criticize or oppose the current mayor, once the selection process gets under way there will be a lot more focus put on Livingstone's performance and the alternatives on offer. Then his self created air of invincibility will vanish, you read it here first!
Here are some photos from the event with a "thank you" to Cllr Nick Bennett.
Newslinks for Monday 20th May 2013
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