Former police officer Brian Paddick has ben selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for London Mayor after winning 73% of the first preference votes in a ballot of the party’s London members.
After the result was announced Mr Paddick said he was “enormously proud to be announced today as the Liberal Democrat candidate for London Mayor.”
The former Met deputy assistant commissioner claimed “for too long Londoners have been denied a serious debate on the future of their city” adding “less crime, better transport, cleaner air and fewer Londoners living in poverty are all crucial in making sure that London remains one of the most exciting cities in the world.”
“I strongly believe that the position of Mayor can be a powerful source for good. During the coming months I will be explaining to people throughout London why the time has come for a change.”
Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable MP said he was “delighted that the Liberal Democrats are able to put forward such an excellent candidate.”
“Brian is a lifelong Londoner with the high-level experience needed to be London Mayor.”