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FOUR CONSERVATIVE HOPEFULS IN SECOND ROUND OF LONDON MAYORAL CANDIDACY BATTLE

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Jeffrey Archer and Steven Norris last night cruised home in the first round of the battle to become the Conservativ...
Jeffrey Archer and Steven Norris last night cruised home in the first round of the battle to become the Conservative candidate for mayor of London, The Times (p2) reports.

The two front-runners triumphed in a secret ballot at Conservative Central Office of the most senior party officials in the capital. Voting figures in the ballot were kept secret.

Andrew Boff, the former leader of Hillingdon LBC, also made it through to the next round of the one-member-one-vote contest. The fourth candidate in the line-up is Bob Blackman, the leader of Brent Conservatives.

The shortlisted candidates now go on to a hustings meeting on 14 September. Invitations have been issued to all 38,000 members of the Conservative Party in London. An audience of 3,000 is expected.

A secret ballot will be conducted at the end of the proceedings and the first two candidates will fight it out in a postal ballot. The result will be announced on 1 October.
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