Zac Goldsmith has been selected as the Conservative's candidate for London mayor
Zac Goldsmith has been selected as the Conservative party’s London mayoral candidate and will compete against Labour’s Sadiq Khan to enter City Hall.
The Richmond Park and North Kingston MP said he was “honoured” after gaining 70 per cent of the 9,227 votes cast using an online primary system.
Muslim candidate Syed Kamall came second with 1,477 votes ahead of Stephen Greenhalgh (864) and Andrew Boff (372).
Goldsmith who is the son of the late billionaire Sir James Goldsmith and brother of Jemima Khan, balloted his constituents earlier this year to seek permission to stand.
He triumphed on Friday’s ballot getting 6,514 votes more than the other three candidates combined.
Goldsmith who has been an MP for five years, promised more transport investment to prevent London “grinding to a halt” and pledged to “protect, enhance and improve access” to green spaces.
He added: “But the biggest challenge of all is the housing crisis. Londoners are being priced out of their city and we will need a step change in the number of homes built, and the manner in which they are built.”
Responding to the selection of Goldsmith, Khan said: “I welcome Zac Goldsmith to the mayoral contest and look forward to a positive and friendly debate about the big issues facing Londoners.
“This election is a referendum on London’s housing crisis, and I challenge Zac Goldsmith to join me in opposing the Tories’ Housing Bill, which will make our city’s housing crisis many times worse.”