Zac Goldsmith has been named as the Tory candidate for the 2016 Mayoral Elections.
The MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston gained 70% of votes, beating rivals Syed Kamall (16%), Andrew Boff (4%) and Stephen Greenhalgh (9%). Find out more about what he plans to do for London here. Goldsmith said he was ‘honoured’ to be chosen as the Conservative candidate:
“In the last seven years London has come a long way. Under Boris, London now leads the world in business, tech, media, art and culture – benefitting from unprecedented investment.
“It is why so many people want to live, work and do business here, and it is also putting increasing pressures on our city.
“We have seen record investment in our transport network, but we will need to continue that investment just to avoid grinding to a halt – while at the same time continuing to bear down on the cost of travel so that it delivers value for money for Londoners. Our living environment is facing increasing pressure, and we will need to protect, enhance and improve access to our green spaces, as well as radically improving the quality of the air that we breath.
“But the biggest challenge of all is the housing crisis. Londoners are being priced out of their city and we will need a step change in the number of homes built, and the manner in which they are built.
“I am honoured to have been chosen as the Conservative mayoral candidate and I will work tirelessly to repay that debt. I have campaigned hard as an MP, delivering for my constituents and I will fight just as hard to become Mayor so we can build on the progress under Boris in making London work for Londoners.”
Goldsmith will join Labour’s Sadiq Khan, Green party candidate Sian Berry, Liberal Democrat Caroline Pidgeon and UKIP’s Peter Whittle for the Mayor’s seat at City Hall.