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Shaun Bailey could be come first black mayor of London

MAYORAL CANDIDATE: Shaun Bailey has officially launched his bid to become the next mayor of London

SHAUN BAILEY has been named as the Conservative Party’s London mayoral candidate.

Bailey, a London Assembly member, beat Andrew Boff and Joy Morrissey to the position.

In a statement, Bailey said: “It is a great honour to be selected as the Conservative Party’s candidate for the 2020 London mayoral election. For someone who grew up in a council house in one of the poorest parts of London, securing this nomination is proof that our city truly is the place where anything is possible.

“London has given me so much. It’s why I’ve spent my entire adult life trying to repay its generosity, either through my twenty plus years of youth work helping to steer children away from a life of crime and towards work opportunities, or my current involvement on the London Assembly, where I have done my best to hold the current mayor to account.”

Bailey, who writes a column in The Voice has promised to make London’s streets safer and to make social mobility a reality for Londoners.

In a column published last week, he wrote: “I will be a mayor who takes responsibility for crime in the city and is unafraid of tackling the issues head-on.”

Bailey has said he will put 1,000 more “bobbies on the beat” and a further 800 detectives to investigate serious crimes.

The Conservative politician has criticised current London mayor Sadiq Khan for his running of the capital.

He said: "After two and a half years of Sadiq Khan, it is clear we cannot afford more of the same."

Among those congratulating Bailey on his victory, is the prime minister.

In a tweet, Theresa May said: "Congratulations to ShaunBailey, the new Conservatives candidate for Mayor of London. A passionate and dedicated campaigner, he truly gets what London needs to thrive. He has the ideas and the energy to deliver. I look forward to joining him on the campaign trail soon."

In the first round of voting, Bailey, a former adviser to David Cameron secured more than 40% of the vote (3,164), Boff received 2,591 votes and Morrissey 1,566.

In the second round he received 3,904 votes compared to Boff’s 3,186.

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