The shortlist for the Tory nomination for Mayor of London has been announced.
Mark Wallace, the executive editor of influential Tory blog ConservativeHome, tweeted on Saturday afternoon that Richmond MP Zac Goldsmith, London MEP Syed Kamall, GLA member Andrew Boff and deputy mayor for policing and crime Stephen Greenhalgh have made the shortlist.
Reacting to the news, Goldsmith and Kamall tweeted:
CONFIRMED: Tory shortlist for Mayor of London is Andrew Boff, Stephen Greenhalgh, Syed Kamall and Zac Goldsmith.— Mark Wallace (@wallaceme) July 25, 2015
Delighted to have been shortlisted for the @Conservatives London Mayoral nomination on a platform of ambition, opportunity & enterprise.— Syed Kamall (@SyedKamall) July 25, 2015
The news means hopefuls including Westminster Council leader Philippa Roe, former footballer Sol Campbell and entrepreneur Ivan Massow have missed out on their chance to succeed Boris Johnson.
Massow, who fought a colourful social media campaign for the nomination, said he received the news by text that he hadn’t made the cut:
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Just heard by text that I didn't make it onto the list. Really want to thank everyone who's supported me and my team. It was quite a journey— Ivan Massow (@IvanMassow) July 25, 2015