I'm announcing today my candidacy for the Conservative nomination for Mayor of London.
I believe I have the necessary skills, love of London and the requisite enthusiasm to do the job, and do it well. I recognise I am joining a crowded field, which includes several friends, but I do not think that any candidate has yet caught the public's imagination.
I may not have the name recognition of Steve Norris, the political connections of Nicholas Boles or the celebrity of Mike Read, but they are not what London needs. London needs someone who can take the fight to Ken Livingstone and beat him. I am encouraged that despite my previous stance of saying 'I would rather stick needles in my eyes than run for London mayor', my blog readers have consistently encouraged me to put my name forward. I do so now with humility. I shall, of course, immediately move back to London and leave behind the tranquil settings of Royal Tunbridge Wells. I shall 'be the change'.
Notes to editors: My campaign office will be based at 1 Avril Avenue, E17 and my campaign manager is Mitchell Andrews.
My campaign blog is up and running and can be found HERE.