Does any Londoner ever get excited about the London Mayoral elections? How many people reading this know the date of the next election? This year? 2019? No, 2020.
The general lack of interest is a little odd as the Mayor of London’s decisions affect all of us (policing, transport, housing, planning, economic development, arts, culture, environment) and it is a very big deal to be Mayor of a world capital.
LW is going to have a quick look at the main candidates now and if we can gather the enthusiasm, see how they are all doing in a few months. The election will be held on 7th May 2020 the same day as elections to the London Assembly.
The various parties have been busy lining up their candidates for 2020 although the Liberal Democrats have yet to decide who they want to represent them. More on them later.
Labour Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan
As the incumbent Sadiq Khan has the advantage of being able to show Londoners what he can do – and the disadvantage of being able to show Londoners what he can’t do.
Khan has shown that he is not afraid of standing up for the capital, an example of this being when after the London Bridge attacks of 2017 USA President Trump rebutting one of Trump’s more idiotic tweets about the attack. He did not meet Trump during his visit to London this year.
The Mayor has been criticised by some for not speaking out enough about the rise in crime in the capital, in particular knife crime amongst youths. Quite what would quantify as enough is not clear.
Crucial to Khan being adopted by Labour as their candidate was his endorsement by the GMB Union.
Conservative Mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey
The Conservatives chose Shaun Bailey from over 7,000 candidates. He is a firm believer in Brexit – which is going to be a major problem for him as London is firmly in the Remain camp.
Previously a social worker for 20 years he is currently Deputy Leader of the London Assembly Conservatives.
Bailey also suffers from being relatively unknown to the wider public, although this will no doubt change over the next few months as his campaign machine gets into gear.
Despite being of Jamaican parentage some of his past remarks have been anything but sympathetic to members of other ethnic groups.
Earlier this year his comments in a pamphlet published in 2005 resurfaced. In the pamphlet, Bailey claimed that multiculturalism could make the UK a ‘crime-riddled cesspool’.
Related Internet Links
- London mayoral election: Shaun Bailey chosen as Conservative candidate
- Operation Black Vote Profile: Shaun Bailey
- Tory London mayoral pick under fire for remarks about Muslims and Hindus
- Sadiq Khan will be Labour candidate in next London mayoral race – Politico
- Sadiq Khan ‘should be ashamed’ of criticism of Donald Trump – Sky News
- London mayoral election, 2020 – Wikipedia