'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.
'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.'