Transport expert Christian Wolmar has urged Labour members to give Londoners “the broadest possible debate” about the city’s future by backing his bid to become the party’s candidate for Mayor.
Mr Wolmar is one of eight contenders currently vying for Labour’s nomination and is up against more familiar names such as David Lammy, Diane Abbott and former minister Tessa Jowell.
Since declaring his candidacy in 2012, the journalist and transport commentator has campaigned across the capital to win support and funding for his City Hall bid.
However with just 10 days before nominations close there’s a chance he’ll be left off the ballot paper which will be sent to Labour members and registered supporters in August.
Under the party’s selection process, aspiring mayors must secure the backing of 5 local constituency parties to be placed on a long-list of candidates from which party bosses will decide who gets onto the ballot paper.
Wolmar currently has the backing of two constituency parties – Lewisham Deptford and Hackney North – but needs the support of at least three more if he’s to make it to the next stage.
Today he called on more local parties to show “they welcome a wide and democratic political debate with fresh and inspired ideas for the future of their city.”
He added: “Only once in four elections has Labour managed to have its choice elected as the London Mayor. In 2016, we need to have a candidate, and policies, which reflect real Labour values and which will also win the majority of second-preference votes.
“To do that, our CLPs need to ensure the broadest possible debate among a wide selection of short-listed candidates. And that means nominating more than just the big beasts of Westminster and past Labour cabinets.”