October 11 2018

Ordinary people don't talk like politicians before they run for office –but we need them in politics

My selection as the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London should be a signal that politics isn’t just a playground for the rich and connected. That a black man raised by a single mum in one of the poorest areas of London could claim such a prize is a reminder that, in this city, anything is possible.

I sit on the London Assembly but my life is very much one most Londoners would recognise. I’ve chased cheap rent all over the city; I rely on public transport; and my wife and I worry about keeping our kids safe from rising violent crime.

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