Sunday Times caption: Tory mayoral prospects for London: clockwise from top left, Justine Greening, Shaun Bailey, Syed Kamall and Kulveer Ranger
A piece by Tim Shipman in today’s Sunday Times:
Tory party chiefs drawing up a shortlist of London mayoral candidates plan to include three non-white contenders amid fears that Justine Greening, the front-runner, is seen as too much of an establishment figure to prosper in the capital.
The former education secretary, who resigned from the cabinet in January, has pitched herself as a fresh, working-class voice.
But some senior Tories believe it would be better to run with someone who offers a break with the party’s “stale, male and pale” image.
Shaun Bailey, a member of the London Assembly and a former parliamentary candidate, is under serious consideration, along with Syed Kamall, one of the party’s MEPs for London.
Kulveer Ranger, who was director of transport when Boris Johnson was running City Hall, is also in the frame, although some question whether he has the experience to front a high-profile campaign.
“Justine doesn’t think she is part of the establishment but she has only just left the cabinet,” said a source. “We are likely to lose anyway, so it is better to send a visible message to voters that we are changing.”
Why would anyone vote for a party which has a prejudice against their gender, race, and age?
You can subscribe to The Times here.