Tory rivals for mayor named
Following stints with Reuters and the Press Association, Martin Hickman joined The Independent as a news editor in 2001. He became the Consumer Affairs Correspondent in September 2005 and has run the paper's trenchant campaigns on packaging, bank charges and factory-farmed chicken. He writes on subjects as diverse as food, finance, energy and fashion. With Tom Watson, he is author of a new book on the phone hacking scandal, Dial M for Murdoch - News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain.
Friday 23 July 1999
Conservative Central Office said the shortlist comprised: Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare; Robert Blackman; Andrew Boff; Bernard Gentry; Patrick Ground QC; Mark Kotecha; Steven Norris; and John Wilkinson MP.
Michael Ancram, the party's chairman, said London Conservatives had "an excellent choice" of candidates.
All eight will be interviewed on 6 September by an electoral college comprising the party's mayoral selection executive and a representative from each of the 74 London constituencies associations. The shortlist will then be whittled down to three or four candidates.
A hustings meeting at which every member of the London party can vote will be held on 14 September.
The top two candidates from that meeting will then be entered into a postal ballot of all the party members in the capital.
The count and the announcement of the result will take place on 1 October.
Mr Ancram said the candidates were participating in "the most open and democratic" selection process for candidates for mayor of London of any political party.
He said: "Our members will now decide who the party's candidate will be to stand for the position of Mayor of London. Having made its democratic choice the whole party will unite behind that candidate to ensure their election as mayor of London on 4 May, 2000."
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