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'LONDON NEEDS A CONSERVATIVE MAYOR'

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Commenting on today's announcement that the selection process for the Conservative candidate for the 2008 Mayor of ...
Commenting on today's announcement that the selection process for the Conservative candidate for the 2008 Mayor of London race is being postponed until next spring, the Conservative Chairman of the Association of London Government, Merrick Cockell, said:

'Holding an open primary to select the Conservatives' Mayoral candidate is an exciting innovation in British politics and many excellent candidates have already put themselves forward. However, with still nearly two years until the London Mayoralty elections in 2008, extending the initially restrictive deadline to allow as wide a range of people to participate as possible is welcome.

'It is critical that we get the right candidate for Mayor of London because the Government is preparing to give the Mayor a whole raft of new powers. Based on his record, Ken Livingstone will certainly use those new powers, especially in planning and housing, to ride roughshod over local needs, local priorities and in open defiance to local public opinion.

'London needs a Mayor of London who will listen to Londoners and who will work in partnership with the boroughs to protect and enhance the quality of life of our local communities. After 6 years of Labour's Ken Livingstone, it is becoming increasingly clear to Londoners that change is needed. Only a Conservative Mayor can deliver that change London demands.'

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