Mayoral hopefuls head out on holiday

WITH less than two months to go until the major political parties announce their candidates for Mayor of London, The Capitalist has learned that some City Hall hopefuls, like many Londoners, have fled the capital for a bit of rest and relaxation.

Two members of the Tory shortlist, deputy mayor Stephen Greenhalgh and London MEP Syed Kamall, have already skipped town, with other candidates expected to dust off their own passports in the weeks ahead.

The Conservatives released their shortlist of candidates – which also includes Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith and London Assembly member Andrew Boff ­­– over the weekend, and have their first official hustings in the diary for Wednesday, 2 September. The Labour hopefuls, meanwhile, appear to be pounding the pavement this week, with another set of hustings set for tonight on the South Bank. With parliament in recess until September, time will tell whether the Labour candidates follow the Tories’ footsteps for fun in the sun…