Londoners are being asked to select a UKIP candidate to take on Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone and Jenny Jones in next year’s Mayor of London election.
The party has shortlisted six contenders and is now inviting anyone who lives, works, owns property or visits London to take part in an online poll to select a victor.
A dedicated website – ukipmayor.com – contains a two hundred word statement from each candidate plus a short video where they set out their vision for London. There are also links to each candidate’s Twitter and Facebook pages.
Nigel Farage, UKIP Leader said: “This really is democracy at work. We are giving Londoners the chance to have their say on the shortlist of candidates and vote for the one that they feel would be the best person to represent UKIP in the London Mayor elections in 2012.
“Given the hell that London has recently been through with the riots, there will be a renewed focus on 2012 and who can best represent and manage the city. No other political party is doing this, it is a first for Londoners and a first for democracy.”
The six candidates are:
- David Coburn, UKIP London Chairman and an arts and antiques consultant based in Notting Hill
- Michael Corby, a former Conservative Party member and donor who lives in Kings Cross
- Michael McGough, a businessman from Essex
- Winston McKenzie, a community campaigner from Croydon
- Paul Oakley, a barrister and former Chairman of the London Young Conservatives who is based Lewisham
- Lawrence Webb, a former UKIP London Chairman from Romford.
Voting closes at midnight on Friday, September 2, 2011.