Shaun Bailey has been chosen as the Conservative candidate for the London mayoral election.
Mr Bailey, a London Assembly member and former adviser to David Cameron, has said he will campaign against London’s growing violent crime and “flatlined” house-building statistics.
Mr Bailey told the London’s Evenings Standard: “I’m now preparing myself for 18 months of hard work. London has been really generous to me, I was born here, my family is here.
“I’ve always wanted to give back to London what it has given me. I want to give back to my community.
“For London our best days are ahead of us. The mayor [Sadiq Khan (Lab)] has just been talking London down.”
Mr Bailey was selected in a ballot over Joy Morrissey, an Ealing LBC councillor, and Andrew Boff, a London Assembly member.
Mr Bailey wrote before his selection that London had taken a “backward step” under Mr Khan.
“Violent crime is spiralling out of control and many feel less safe to walk the streets,” he said.
”Housebuilding has flatlined, with young people abandoning their hope of ever getting on the housing ladder.
“The constant talking down of London on the world stage has shaken confidence at a time when we need someone who will be its champion, both at home and abroad.”
Mr Bailey first entered mainstream politics when he served as a special adviser to the prime minister for youth and crime between October 2011 and December 2012, having previously been appointed an ambassador for the ‘big society’ project by David Cameron in 2011.